When: April 23-Sept. 14 2014
Creating art may not be the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of ways to bring about universal human rights. But art has the potential to build awareness both visually and emotionally. With this in mind, BAM/PFA has collaborated with the Human Rights Center at the UC Berkeley School of Law to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the law school with the show Envisioning Human Rights: The Next Generation. The juried exhibition features student entries from across the UC system that represent a range of social justice issues. For example, UC Berkeley student Nick Randhawa’s crisply screen-printed portrait of Bolivian labor leader Domitila Chúngara calls for increased visibility of female activists and leaders around the world as part of his ongoing series The Woman Project. In conjunction with the show, BAM/PFA is also displaying a number of pieces from acclaimed Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s Abu Ghraib series. The pairing places the student work in line with Botero’s intense depictions of infamous torture scenes that aim to ensure remembrance. Envisioning Human Rights has similar goals, but looks to the future, highlighting the next generation of activist artists.