Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Some of our past projects: ART for The World’s Commitment for Human Rights and its collaborations with International Institutions

ART for The World’s activities are based on the ideals of Human Rights, Dignity, Freedom, Peace and Solidarity enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as proclaimed as fundamental values by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Therefore, since its foundation, ART for The World’s major commitment has been to organize events (art exhibitions, cinema, concerts, conferences and lectures, etc.) in close collaboration with the artists' community and with the international institutions such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO), the High Commissioner for Refugees (HCR), the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, as well as NGOs such as SESC Sao Paulo, or Deepalaya Foundation in New Delhi.

ART for The World is a direct outgrowth of the exhibition Dialogues of Peace conceived to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations in 1995. From then onwards, many projects have been organized in collaboration with international institutions to foster the defense and knowledge of Human Rights around the world. ART for The World’s initiatives indissolubly join aesthetic as well as humanitarian purposes, with a view to raising public attention on the issues that stir up our society:
  • 2008 Stories on Human Rights (60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
  • 2005 Donna Donne (10th Anniversary of the Beijing Conference)
  • 2001 The Overexcited Body, Art and Sport in Contemporary Society (in the context of the UN program of the Elimination for Racial Discrimination)
  • 2000-01 Alfredo Jaar, The Silence -The Rwanda project (50th Anniversary of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees)
  • 2000 onwards Playgrounds&Toys (50th Anniversary of the the UN High Commissioner for Refugees)
  • 2000 Art and Social Realities (in collaboration with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, in the context of the 2000 International Summit on Social Development)
  • 1998-99 The Edge of Awareness (50th Anniversary of the World Health Organization)
  • 1995 Dialogues of Peace (50th Anniversary of the United Nations)






2008 Stories on Human Rights 
Born under the auspices of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights – Stories on Human Rights is a film project created and produced in 2008 by ART for The World on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The long feature is composed by 22 short-movies by filmmakers and artists from all over the world (S. Bodrov, Z. Jia, P. Trapero, A. Weerasethakul, M. Abramovic, A. Sissako, etc.). Each short is based on one of the themes highlighted in the Universal Declaration: culture, development, dignity and justice, environment, gender and participation. The film has been screened in approximately 50 festivals around the world as well as in museums, in cultural institutions and in public screenings in different cities around the word.


video


2005-07 Donna Donne
(Florence, Geneva/Carouge, Sao Paulo)
Donna Donne is a cycle of traveling contemporary art exhibitions on gender issue, conceived in 2005 to mark the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Beijing Conference. Focused on the implications of the social and political role of women in contemporary culture, the exhibition was hosted in different cities and premises: in Florence (Palazzo Strozzi, 2005), in Geneva (Musèe de Carouge, 2005) and in Sao Paulo (SESC Avenida Paulista, 2007) and involved young as well as well-known artists from all over the world (G. Amer, W. Du, S. Fleury, N. Goldin, Kimsooja, Y. Pei-Ming, T. Moffatt, S. Neshat, etc.)


Installation view at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
from left to right: Wang Du, Enter! (2004);
Zilla Leutenegger, Aeffle (2005);
Andrea Marescalchi, Luna (2005)
photo: Serge Domingie and Marco Rabatti

2001 The Overexcited Body
(Milan, Sao Paulo)
The Overexcited Body focuses on all aspects of sports, from the role of educating young people to their importance as a common ground where passion, tension, and enthusiasm have clashed to produce social and anthropological changes, and opened up to exchanges and encounters with the different cultures of our globalized world. The exhibition displayed a series of contemporary works by international artists (J. Armleder, N. Hirakawa, J. Kosuth, G. Toderi, N.Ward, P. di Bello, etc.) and was presented in Milan (Palazzo dell’Arengario and Velodrom Vigorelli), in Geneva (Stadium de la Praille) and in Sao Paulo (SESC Pompeia).


Installation view at SESC Pompeia, Sao Paulo


2000-01 Alfredo Jaar, The Silence - The Rwanda Project
(Geneva)
The Silence by Alfredo Jaar – exhibition organized at the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees – was hosted in Geneva at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. The photos installation derived from the artist's experiences in Rwanda in 1994, where he travelled to record the testimonies of the survivors of a genocide that claimed the lives of one million people.


Alfredo Jaar, The Silence, 2000
Installation view at the International Red Cross Museum, Geneva


2000 onwards Playgrounds&Toys
In 2000, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, ART for The World has conceived the project Playgrounds & Toys for Refugee Children, and since then has built playgrounds designed by artists and designers in differents premises around the world: India, Armenia, UK, Greece, among others.


Andreas Angelidakis Armenak, John Kirakossian School, Yerevan 2003



2000 Art and Social Realities
(Geneva)
Within the context of the Geneva 2000 International Summit on Social Development, Art and Social Realities is an interdisciplinary project organized in collaboration with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and dealing with the themes of refugees, emigration and exclusion. The exhibition, hosted by the Visitors Centre of the High Commissioner for refugees, featured the works by the artists Vito Acconcia and Kim Sooja, the architect Shigeru Ban and the photographer Gilles Delmas.


Shigeru Ban, Paper Loghouse,1996/99
Installation view at visitors center of the High Commissioner for Refugees




1998-99 The Edge of Awareness
(Geneva, New York, Sao Paulo, New Delhi)
On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the World Health Organization, ART for The World was invited to present in 1998-99 an international itinerant exhibition of contemporary art, to be shown in Geneva (WHO headquarters), New York (UN building, P.S.1), São Paulo (SESC Pompeia) and New Delhi (Lalitkala Akademi). The works on show raised vital questions about issues such as violence, mortality rates, natural disasters, environmental degradation, homelessness, racism, drugs, AIDS, polio. Among the participating artists: V. Acconci, F.De Barros, Kcho, H. Hakansson, I. Kabakov, Sol LeWitt, P. Steir, etc.


Vito Acconci, Untitled
Installation view

1995 Dialogues of Peace
(Geneva)
Dialogues of Peace was organized on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations at the UN headquarters in Geneva. In this exhibition, sixty artists from all over the world (R. Rauschenberg, C. Zhen, T. Kawamata, P. Kirkeby, etc.) presented works dedicated to the encouragement of tolerance and solidarity through the universal language of art for a peaceful coexistence between people. Dialogues of Peace was the starting point for ART for The World's future action: to develop a new and creative forms of collaboration between artists, institutions and other members of the international community towards a meaningful dialogue between people of different cultures.


Daniel Buren, Cabane éclatée aux miroirs, 1995
United Nations headquarters, Geneva



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