By Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery, Concordia College New York
Sep. 26, 2018: OSilas Gallery at Concordia College is pleased to announce the opening of its first exhibition of the academic year, Our Rights, Our Freedom, Always: Celebrating Human Rights Through the Camera Lens, curated by Maria Mann, director of international relations at the European Pressphoto Agency ("EPA"), in collaboration with the United Nations Human Rights Office. Our Rights, Our Freedoms will be on view through November 17 and is free and open to the public.
This exhibition was originally on view at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva in 2015. Our Rights, Our Freedoms was curated with the intent of making people aware of the International Bill of Human Rights and to remind the viewer of the continuing struggle many around the world face in securing their rights and freedoms.
The International Bill of Human Rights is composed of three constituent documents. The first is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948 and attempted to set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. The other two documents are the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights, both of which were adopted in 1966 and set forth in greater detail rights to be protected.
The photographs selected for inclusion in Our Rights, Our Freedoms come from the EPA archives and seek to illustrate the rights and freedoms that underpin the International Bill of Human Rights in a contemporary context. In this, the 70th anniversary of the International Declaration of the Human Rights, these photographs remind the viewer that many people around the world are still deprived of the rights and freedoms that the International Bill of Human Rights decades ago declared should be universally protected.
Our Rights, Our Freedoms will be on show through November 17 at OSilas Gallery, which is on the campus of Concordia College at 171 White Plains Road in Bronxville, in the Donald A. Krenz Academic Center on the second level of Scheele Memorial Library. Free and ample parking is available on campus and is accessible via the entrance on Concordia Place off of White Plains Road.
Gallery hours are Tues./Wed./Fri., noon to 5:00 pm, Thurs., noon to 7:00 pm, and Sat., 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Please see osilasgallery.org for more information about exhibitions, special events, and programs.
Photos courtesy Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery, Concordia College New York
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