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Portfolio History

 "IMAGES OF HUMAN RIGHTS"

A Relief Print Portfolio and Project of:
ARTISTS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS TRUST

 "Images of Human Rights": A treasure for art lovers and an opportunity to sponsor human rights in South Africa.

 The "Images of Human Rights" portfolio, consists of 29 fine art prints, each depicting one clause of South Africa's Bill of Rights, was created by artists representing the nine provinces of South Africa and hand printed by master printmaker Jan Jordaan in Durban.

The portfolio was launched at the Durban Art Gallery by Judge Albie Sachs of the Constitutional Court on International Human Rights Day  !0th December 1996.

 Those investing in this portfolio will not only be acquiring a historic collection of beautiful relief prints, but will also be sponsoring an urgently needed programme of human rights education for the youth of South Africa, co-ordinated by the international human rights organization Amnesty International (South African section).

 Volunteers drawn from human rights-related organizations such as "Artists for Human Rights", Amnesty International (S.A.) and The Black Sash, as well as the Durban Art Gallery and the Fine Arts Department of the Technikon Natal worked together to produce this historic portfolio and market it both nationally and internationally,  "Images of Human Rights" is a portfolio of black and white relief prints (each 570mm by 380mm), printed on Fabriano Gentile 160gsm paper and packaged in a handsome custom -made box. The images are impressive in their vitality and diversity of expression, as well as in the variety of techniques and creative approaches used to interpret the individual clauses of the Bill of Rights.  The edition is limited to 50 and it is anticipated that these portfolios will be highly sought- after collectors items.

Among the contributing artists is the internationally acclaimed Azaria Mbatha, the first South African artist to have works included in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Other artists are well known printmakers Philippa Hobbs from Johannesburg, Vedant Nanackchand, originally from Durban and Cape Town's Jonathan Comerford. 

 The images are impressive in their vitality and diversity of expression, as well as in the variety of techniques and creative approaches used to interpret the individual clauses of the Bill of Rights.  An open national competition won by Norman Kaplan of Port Elizabeth, produced the stunning image for the frontispiece of the portfolio. The endpiece is the creation of the master printmaker Jan Jordaan.

 The acquisition of the "Images of Human Rights" portfolio, which costs R30,000 (excluding postage) is a valuable investment, which creates international  awareness of South Africa's artistic talent as well as endorsing the positive values of human rights education.

 Ms.Coral Vinsen 

Convenor " Images of Human Rights" print portfolio committee)

 
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