Robin Hammond /  W. Eugene Smith Grant 2013
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
70 year anniversary
Artpil / Profiles of the Arts

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world… Thus opens the Universal Declaration of Human Rights put forth by the United Nations 70 years ago on December 10, 1948.

And yet, much like the Armistice signed 100 years ago after the First World War which could not prevent the nearly 300 wars which have taken place since, Human Rights in modern history has not seen a particular decline of violations, since by the simple declaration of its tenants we have not abolished the practices which offend them.

ARTPIL surveys the artists who have struggled to defend Human Rights across the world, including Newsha Tavakolian, Alex Webb, Christopher AndersonAlessandra SanguinettiJacob Aue Sobol, Tanya Habjouqa, Martin Parr, Rena EffendiRaymond Depardon, David Goldblatt, Gordon Parks, and many others.

  • Georg Kussmann: FRG

    The German dramatist Heiner Müller observed that German history lies as if smothered by a rheumatism blanket: beneath there is warmth and stagnation, just enough to give the impression all is well, while the peripheries are freezing. Georg Kussmann’s photographs in FRG were created under this metaphoric blanket. Made in the Federal Republic of Germany over a single summer, they depict everyday scenes of life, work, and leisure (more…)

  • Augusto Daolio: Uno Sguardo Libero
    Apr 12 – May 12, 2024
    Spazio Musa
    Turin, Italy

    Augusto Daolio: Uno Sguardo Libero is the new exhibition to be held at Spazio Musa from April 12 to May 12, 2024. Historical leader of Nomadi, Augusto Daolio was for several decades one of the most beloved singers of Italian music. The intent of this exhibition is above all to show how his figure as an artist, his poetics and his creativity were, even several decades ago, capable of interpreting the feelings of the younger generations, as well as anticipating. (more…)

  • Tongues of Fire
    Feb 22 – May 5, 2024
    Kunsthall Trondheim
    Trondheim, Norway

    In response to our home building’s former life as a fire station, and Trondheim’s history as a city shaped by blazes whose traces are still present in its design today, this group exhibition brings together artists who have been deeply touched and transformed through the challenges manifest in the burnt and burning. Hailing from diverse generations and backgrounds, these individuals converge to explore how flames have served as agents of change across time and space. (more…)