19 February 1999
HARD-HITTING IMAGES IN HUMAN RIGHTS EXHIBITION
Human rights abuses and the declaration that sought to end them are the subject of an exhibition at the European Illustration Collection Hull (EICH) gallery on George Street.
Robin Harris’ Images for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is an illustrative collection of 30 drawings on indefinite loan to the EICH. All the drawings are a graphic example of violations which the declaration intended to right.
At a special reception attended by staff and students on Friday (19th February) Mr Harris explained that his reason for the project was to get over the message of the 30 articles of the declaration which few people are aware of.
“The declaration was supposed be widely disseminated when it was first written, but many people, including myself before I studied it, have no idea what is in it,” said Mr Harris. “We see torture and other violations going on in many countries, but the declaration is just as relevant to this country.”
Among the very powerful and vivid images is Article 15 - everyone has the right to a nationality. The image shows a woman desperately trying to hold onto a flag while being dragged away by two soldiers.
Under the Declaration everyone has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty - in the drawing a woman pleads with the viewer as she is taken away by soldiers.
Roger Bush, Head of Art and Design at the University of Lincoln and a trustee of EICH, said the gallery was indebted to Mr Harris for his loan. “This is the first loan of this quantity since the first benefactor Edward Booth-Clibborn, who loaned us a collection six years ago when the gallery first opened.”
The gallery is open to the public and free to enter - the collection will be on display until 5 March.
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