Human Rights Matter to Everyone
A CCNY 2014 Art Competition: The Theme of Human Rights
For winning posters see below.
Human rights recognize the inherent value of each person, based on principles of dignity, equality and mutual respect, which are shared across cultures, religions and philosophies. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948, sets out the basic rights and freedoms that apply to all people.
The Human Rights Poster Competition
In the spring of 2014, the Human Rights Forum organized an art competition designed to encourage students to engage this challenging issue by creating a poster on that theme. Students from across CUNY were asked to submit posters on any aspect of Human Rights, including Armed Conflict, Children, Detention and Imprisonment, Discrimination, Freedom of Expression, Health and Education, International Justice, Poverty, Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Women's Rights.
Of the over one hundred entries, only the twenty-one posters seen here were selected to compete for prizes awarded at a special ceremony held on May 8, 2013 at CCNY. The winning entries are:
Grand Prize: McLane Teitel (Queens College)
First Prize: Michele L. Mitchell (The City College)
In result of a successful competition, The Human Rights Forum would like to offer a special thanks to our jurors:
Carlos Aguasaco is Assistant Professor of Latin American Cultural Studies & Spanish. In 2010 Carlos won the India Catalina prize for best video in the art category at the Cartagena International Film Festival. Born in Bogotá, Colombia (1975), he earned his Ph.D.at Stony Brook University (SUNY) and was awarded the prestigious W. Burghardt Turner Doctoral Fellowship by the State University of New York. He holds a M.A. in Spanish from The City College of New York (CUNY) and B.A. in Literature from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. As author and scholar, professor Aguasaco has been invited to present his work in Universities and cultural institutions of the US, Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Honduras and Spain. He is the founder and director of Artepoetica Press a publishing house specialized in Hispanic American themes and authors.His work has been included in numerous anthologies and featured in a variety of media outlets. He has coedited six anthologies, authored three poetry collections and an academic study of Latin America's prime superhero El Chapulín Colorado. His main academic interest are: literary theory, contemporary poetry, transitional discourses, Latin American popular culture, and the residual ideologies of the Spanish Golden Age.
Ellen Handy is a historian, curator and critic of photography and modern art. She teachers courses in the history of photography, art of the United States, art criticism, and research methods in art history. Previously, she was Executive Curator of Visual Collections at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center of the University of Texas, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, Senior Research Assistant in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a regular columnist for Arts Magazine. She received her PhD from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, and her BA from Barnard College of Columbia University. Her research interest include landscape and urban imagery in photography and other mediums, intersections of art and science in 19th century photography, women and photography, connoisseurship in photography, printed ephemera, and early modernism in visual and literary culture in the United States.
Contest Winners and Notable Entries