Human Rights Human Wrongs is not so much an exhibition as it is a journey.
It takes as it’s starting point the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, focusing in particular on Article 6;
‘Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law’
Spanning a time period from 1945 to the early 1900’s the exhibit explores photojournalism reporting on human rights; there is no sugar coating, on climbing the stairs to the display there are several signs warning that the exhibit contains graphic images that can disturb. Prison breakouts, war, the arrest of Martin Luther King Jr and images from conflicts in The Congo and Rwanda are just a few of the things depicted on the walls. But scattered among them are portraits of nobel peace prize winners, a brief respite from an otherwise harrowing sea of images.
Although some of the photographs are hard to look at, it is an unparalleled opportunity to reflect on what has gone on in the past and how journalists have used these images to raise awareness of situations worldwide that we would hope are never repeated.
Words: Donna Spiers