art for humanity...'the art of human rights'
is a non-profit organisation based in Durban, South Africa which specialises in producing fine art print portfolios, exhibitions, billboards and research projects that advocate various human rights issues in South Africa and internationally. The Art for Humanity website serves as an online resource for those interested in human rights, art and social development.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Links, tendencies and connections
By Nicole Hodnett
When we think of art we think of Picasso, the great Michael
Angelo or the enchanting smile of Mona Lisa.
400 × 507 - Vincent van Gogh'sSelf-Portrait
According to an article written by Brian Rice, art causes
people to look a little closer and to observe social issues occurring so
frequently in today’s society, the freedom to express and assume freely through
When we observe the artists who produce the art,
eccentricities are often evident within them. We remember the great Vincent van
Gogh who lived a short, deeply tormented life. According to Shelly Essak, he
executed a number of self-portraits and had a brief turbulent friendship and
veered in and out of madness.
He shot himself on July 27th, 1890, but didn’t die
until 2 days later. He died selling one painting in his lifetime.
In today’s society artists express their thoughts on
subjects that affect and infect mankind. Art for Humanity is a platform that
gives artists and poets the freedom to break silences on what affects them.
She is a Dialogue artist and South African born. Kim Berman
was born in Johannesburg in 1981.She completed her Bachelor of Fine arts at the
University of Witwatersrand. She lectures at the Fine Arts Department at the University
of Johannesburg and is the Director of The Artist Proof Studio in Newtown
Artist -Kim Berrman
According to an article written by Helen South, television
usually portrays artists sitting around in coffee shops having deep and meaningful
conversations, swanning about interesting clothes at art galleries or having
dramatic nervous breakdowns connected to drugs and alcohol. Most of the time
they will be where they need to be and that’s in their studio making art.
According to Mad Science, European scientists are claiming
that artistic tendencies may be linked to the same genetic mutation that causes
schizophrenia and paranoia.
According to the constitution of South Africa we are all
entitled to express our thoughts freely and fairly. In light of today’s society
artists expressions of thought have become deeply controversial and often misconstrued.
When it comes to freedom of expression whether it was yesterday,
today or tomorrow, an artist and the constitution will always be connected.