What do human rights look like in Denmark today? How would you depict the meaning of human rights in visual terms? Danish students of photography/journalism were invited to submit their photographic interpretation of what human rights look like in Denmark today and participate in the Human Rights Photo Competition organized by the Danish Institute for Human Rights. The best submissions are currently displayed in the exhibition 'A New World Image' at the Black Diamond in Copenhagen.
VISUALIZING UNIVERSALISM EXHIBITION | 17 April - 22 May | The Arthus Ross Architecture Gallery | New York
Organized in cooperation with the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, the exhibition probed the archive of UNESCO’s Human Rights Exhibition from 1949 for the first time since its inception over sixty years ago.The display featured the original traveling Human Rights Exhibition Album’s 110 images, together with photographs and documents from UNESCO’s archives.
We see human rights everywhere – in campaigns, the news, popular culture, and art. They have become a seemingly natural part of the way we imagine suffering and injustice locally and particularly globally. But why is this? Which images accompany human rights and have they always had the same meaning? ‘A New World Image’ addresses these questions and interrogates the visual and historical meaning of human rights through a redisplay of the world’s first human rights exhibition from 1949.
Coinciding with the opening of the exhibition ‘Visualizing Universalism’ this one-day symposium revolved around questions of histories and visual cultures of human rights. It interrogated images from UNESCO’s Human Rights Exhibition from 1949 with contributions by Samuel Moyn, Ariella Azoulay, Thomas Keenan and other leading human rights scholars.