This project came about when the learners of Eden were introduced to the Images of Human Rights Portfolio as described in “Art and Justice: The Art of the Constitutional Court Building of South Africa”. David Krut Publishing, 2008. (Pg. 172)
“A striking lino- and woodcut portfolio designed and printed by Jan Jordaan of Art for Humanity and created by 27 artists is a celebration of South Africa’s Bill of rights.
The Creation of the portfolio helped to launch the Artists for Human Rights Trust in 1998. Judge Albie Sachs was invited to open the exhibition of these prints in the Durban art Gallery on International Human Rights Day 10 December 1996. On this occasion he was presented with a portfolio for the Constitutional Court. The prints now hang in the library at the Court. Another hangs in the Monument building in Grahamstown. The portfolio sales donate money to art and human rights projects.”
In 2016 Eden College presented some images of Woman’s rights to The KZNSA gallery to display alongside the exhibition on Human Rights that was taking place there in March. Jan Jordaan was there and invited us to be part of a workshop presented by Art for Humanity at Eden College. Here are some of the works from Eden that were on exhibition in 2016: The focus was Gender Equality.
In the meantime Jan Jordaan and Art for Humanity had published a beautiful book of poems and images of Human Rights. “Art of Human Rights – A Collection of Art and Poems for Human Rights” @ Art for Humanity 2015. He and some slam poets came to Eden. The poets presented poetry and learners from Eden wrote and performed their poems that they wrote during the workshop. AFH donated a beautiful mural for the outside wall of the Art Department.
Thus this small exhibition of Children’s Art is part of the beautiful tradition of celebrating the South African Bill of Rights. Our children are making History. Our children are part of this timeline.
We were looking for a hook to hang this exhibition on, figuratively speaking, and came up with the idea of “Dog”. Dogs were so prevalently used in the Art of Resistance in the History of South Africa. What are the issues now? How do our children feel, think and act? What do they know? How do they see things? Do they see things differently? Are things different?