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The One and the Many

The One and the Many: Perspectives on Self and Other in Art & Human Rights Practices curated by assistant professor Glenna Jennings. Artists from across the country, including Isabel Avila, Juan-Si Gonzalez, Merve Kayan and Zeynep Dadak, Issa Randall, and Sheryl Oring, present work that examines notions of human dignity from multiple perspectives. The art asks: Are human rights pre-political or are they artifacts of laws and institutions? Do they belong only to individuals or also to groups? How can we re-vision and de-center human rights to more broadly address the human condition for both the self and the community?

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Bolsa Chica

Isabel Avila, Alfred Cruz at Bolsa Chica Sacred Site (Acjachemen), Huntington Beach, CA, 2012

Bolsa Chica, a 9,000 year old village, cemetery, and ceremonial site, is the oldest prehistoric village in Orange County, CA. The descendants of the Tongva (Gabrielino) and  Acjachemen (Juaneno) consider these ancestral grounds as a sacred ceremonial site. Developers like the California Coastal Communities Company have illegally uncovered graves and artifacts to create multi-million dollar developments in the area.

Image courtesy of the artist.

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Role Model

Sheryl Oring's Role Model is an interactive performance that posed the question "What can Brazil teach the world?" to a public audience during the event Encuentro (Cities/Bodies/Action: The Politics of Passion in the Americas), Sao Paolo, 2013. Typists working on manual typewriters took dictation in answer to this question. Initiated in Russia earlier this year at the Art Prospect festival, the project examined beliefs in these two fast-growing economies and collected people’s ideas for creating a model world.

Images: (top) documentation from Sheryl Oring's "Role Model" interactive performance in Sao Paolo, Brazil, 2013; (bottom) two examples of suggestions taken during dictation.

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Role Model - three images


Juan Si González and Grupo Art-De (Arte y derecho), Ritual, body-art street action, vía Blanca y 10 de Octubre, La Habana, Cuba, 1987

In the late 1980s, Gonzalez and members of Grupo-Art-De (Arte y derecho) staged multiple acts of art and protest in the parks and streets of La Habana, Cuba. The artist will share documentation and narratives from this active epoch in the history of contemporary Cuban art.

Photo by Santiago Yanes.

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Upside-Down Flag

Isabel Avila, Upside-Down Flag, Pawnee Industrial Boarding School, Oklahoma, 2006

Government boarding schools, which relied heavily on unpaid student labor for their operations, were built in the late 19th century to "solve the Indian problem." In 1928, The Meriam Report asserted that the institutions needlessly separated families and that "children were often malnourished, sick, insufficiently clothed, overworked, harshly punished and poorly trained."

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