Arts & Human Rights
“My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.” - Louis Riel
In recognition of the Arts as an integral medium of learning and expression, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) has launched The Arts and Human Rights Programme (A+HR Programme). The objective of this powerful new initiative is to raise awareness and engage individuals in a multidisciplinary interrogation of human rights issues that is framed through various forms of creative artistic expression such as visual, performance, media, cinematographic, musical and literary arts.
The A+HR Programme is divided into three interrelated components: educational outreach, teaching and research.
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Summer School on the Arts + Human Rights
Since 2016, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) offers a Summer School on The Arts and Human Rights (AHR) under the theme Indigenous Arts and Culture.
The goal of this course is to explore issues around the Art as a manifestation of human rights and as an instrument for the promotion of human rights. The course is open to students (for credit or not) as well as academics, government employees, NGO and IO staff, indigenous and community representatives, artists, activists and cultural workers. The course features leading scholars, practitioners and artists.
The Connection between the Arts and Human Rights
In recognition of the Arts as an integral medium of learning and expression, the HRREC launched the Arts and Human Rights Program. This powerful initiative seeks to raise awareness and engage individuals in a multidisciplinary interrogation of human rights issues framed through various forms of creative artistic expression such as visual, performance, media, cinematography, musical and literary arts. The AHR summer course brings to life the teaching component of the program and explores areas of study directly related to the foci of the HRREC. The curriculum blends traditional and artistic pedagogical methods.
- For a description of the first edition of the summer school, see Building bridges with art (article published in Tabaret, uOttawa, 2016).
- See the video of the exhibition INDIGENEITY + HUMAN RIGHTS launched on June 20, 2016 (YouTube).
THE UNIVERSAL GAME - One Flag to Connect Us All
The Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) is delighted to present THE UNIVERSAL GAME. One flag to connect us all, an outreach art project from the Centre conceived and produced in 2015 by 233, Visiting Artist from the University of Seville.
The motivation for this project came from a desire to mark International Human Rights Day (December 10) through art. The concept entailed putting together pieces of flags reflecting the nationalities of uOttawa students in a large banner (canvas) displayed in a central location within campus. Elements of this jigsaw will included parts of flags and universal symbols such as the dove, the flame, the balance, etc.
In order to create the canvas, HRREC invited the uOttawa community to participate in a Jigsaw Day, Let’s Play!, a collective art performance. Once the game was finished, the resulting design was photographed and printed onto a vinyl banner. Pieces of the jigsaw were previously created in an art workshop also open to the public. The banner was unveiled to the uOttawa community on December 10, 2015.
The message is one of union, diversity and rich global exchange and inclusivity.
- NOV 19-20 | Art Workshop. Making of the jigsaw pieces
- NOV 25 | Jigsaw Day. Let’s Play!
- DEC 10 | Opening Ceremony
- DEC 15 | THE UNIVERSAL GAME - Talk by Artist 233
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This initiative was supported by the uOttawa Community Life Service, the uOttawa Department of Visual Arts, and the University of Seville. It was also registered within a call for action from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.