“The Bill of Rights forms the basis of South Africa’s democratic dispensation, guaranteeing the right of equality before the law including the various freedoms fundamental to a life of mutual respect and dignity,” states Albi Sachs in his preamble for the Art of Human Rights catalogue.
In recognition and celebration of human rights month, Art for Humanity (AFH) will present the 2015 Art of Human Rights (AOHR) print portfolio in a 3 week long exhibition opening on the 7th of March and running up until the 27th of March 2016 at the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts.
The AOHR print portfolio is an initiative of Art for Humanity that mobilised 29 artists and 27 poets to create works that reflect and respond to the values and ideals instilled in the South African Bill of Rights which is found in Chapter two of the Constitution. The artists and poets respectively engage with 27 clauses of the Bill of Rights, looking at current socio economic issues still prevalent in our democracy. While aiming to re-inspire and communicate the meaning and spirit of Human Rights to South Africans, the collection also engages on issues that threaten our democracy – issues such as racism, poverty, poor education and lack of access to healthcare and other scourges.
The AOHR collection features well renowned artists and poets such as Virginia Mckenny; Busiswa Gqulu; Andries Botha; Kobus Moolman; Zanele Muholi; Lebo Mashile, Themba Shibase; Khanyi Shusha and contributing articles from prominent individuals such as Dr Ahmed Kathrada; Mike Van Graan; Justice Edward Cameron; Jonathan Jansen and many more respectively.
“This collection is intended to exist as an integral part of our cultural heritage, carrying with it the values of equality, freedom, dignity, tolerance and diversity. It seeks to imbibe these values and foster ongoing public engagement with human rights and related provisions in our constitution.” - Albi Sachs.