The Long Haul
THE LONG HAUL YOUTH INITIATIVE
Inspired by our documentary “The Long Haul” and the human rights legacy that Sir Nigel Rodley left behind, Human Rights in the Picture invited young individuals to submit an artistic creation addressing a human rights issue of their choice. The objective of the project was to use the power of storytelling to engage in human rights issues. On December 1st, we share the submissions chosen by our jury, to celebrate the legacy of Sir Nigel Rodley. The jury, consisting of Hayley Mirabile, Helen Duffy, Maia Guariglia, Giorgia Greco and Nadja Houben, is delighted with the diversity and themes presented and pleased to highlight some of the artworks that were submitted, each in their own way demonstrating the power of visual storytelling. Thank you to all the participants who submitted to The Long Haul Youth Initiative!
Francesca Menghini, 36
Francesca’s approach involves using various visual narratives to explore themes centered around identity and social issues with a focus on portraiture as her primary visual language. The body of work submitted is an ongoing photoseries entitled “Unbounded – Being Gender Diverse“. The project presents a collection of portraits and personal statements that allow individuals to be seen and heard in their representation of gender diversity.
Geovanna Bravomalo Cevallos, 26
I am deeply engaged in photography and the visual medium to convey new forms of understanding human rights. Moreover, my aim is to move our attention to the very center, to the individual experiences from communities that otherwise are lost behind big data figures and concepts. This short film brings a personal experience of racial discrimination and female gender stereotyping as a woman of African descend, a migrant student and a human rights defender. “Mind Games” aims to touch through the individual and the personal, to broader voices that have faced racial discrimination. It is the extrapolation and interpretation of what Bell Hooks meant by “looking courageously”. I use narration as the representation of to voices. On the one hand, the voices in our minds that keep echoing the discriminatory discourses. On the other, the inner voices of resilience, courage and will to change reality with/by looking back, by gazing. I use performative elements such as the marimba music/dance and the recital of black poetry (as we call it), to convey my ethnic roots and show them no mysticism. To revert those same aspects that others use to discriminate, and present them as the center of my response.
LiLIANA GADDI, 21
This interplay between right and duty is something that I always feel is overlooked in the discussion surrounding human rights. We talk about rights, about which rights should be considered human rights and how to make sure they are respected. However, I sometimes feel like we forget that having a right to something implies a duty to act in a certain way. Rights and duties are interdependent and reciprocal. Recognising each other rights means
recognising that we both have duties towards each other. It’s about recognising what we owe to each other so that we can be free, so that we can fly.
HERS IS OURS
We are Hers is Ours, a young feminist collective based in India. We create art projects to raise awareness about gender discrimination. We are artists and activist and use art as a tool to touch our audience and open dialogues on difficult and taboo topics, in order to question the prejudices which harm us and others. 20 diverse young women chose to stay together in a home run by the NGO Kranti in Mumbai, India. What brings them together? Their past – they are all daughters of sex workers. With a determination to heal themselves and to live a life on their own terms, these women identify as Krantikaris (revolutionaries). They allow us to walk 800 kms with them on the Santiago De Compostela pilgrimage between France and Spain, sharing their perspective on their lives. This film and poetry book, while denouncing the taboo of sex work in India, are about women coming together and seeking inner and collective growth.
“The Minefields of Shattered Lives”
Thirty year old Kyee Kan is a former PDF fighter. His brother and five other resistance soldiers were killed when dozens of their bombs unexpectedly exploded. Kyee Kan lost his right leg in the accident. He starred in the pro-democracy short film “Our Turn!”. Myanmar’s use of landmines has grown exponentially since then, with conflict spreading across the country in the wake of the coup. Alongside China, Israel, Russia and the United States, Myanmar remains a non-signatory to the Mine Ban Treaty, aimed at eliminating the use of anti-personnel landmines globally. The drawing is a play on the concept that the Myanmar map resembles a man standing on one leg.
U-shine performed as a spoken word artist at the official opening programme of the exhibition “A Safer World for the Truth” on March 18th, 2023. The poem is from the point of view of the journalist and fights for freedom of press and against impunity for murders of journalists in reprisal for their work.