Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon

The Wall of Contemplation

10/03/2020 - 13:04
Democracy and Human Rights

The project aims to provide artists with an open platform for freedom of expression, empower artists and raise awareness about human rights, as well as the rights, duties and responsibilities of citizens within the framework of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Human Rights Wall of Contemplation

 

Budget: €75,000 (EU contribution €60,000)
Location:MACAM Alita / Byblos
Date of project: December 2018 – December 2019

Launched for the 70th celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Wall of Contemplation is an artistic project realised in partnership with the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum (MACAM) in Alita, Jbeil. The project planned for the creation of 12 murals on the 60-meter long external wall of the MACAM. Lebanese and international graffiti artists created these murals, each of one inspired by one or more articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

The human rights themes covered by the artwork include gender equality, non-discrimination, freedom of speech, the right to life, liberty and security, among others.

This project was supported by the European Union for its strong value in public awareness around human rights, especially among children and young people. It aims at opening minds, promoting civic responsibility and social engagement, and triggering a movement of change. The artwork is intended to remain a platform for an open dialogue on human rights and social issues.

Our partnership provided a platform for artists’ free expression (for some evading regulatory laws applied in their own countries). We know for example that in some Arab countries, women artists are persecuted and repressed in their chances for artistic expression.

The artwork will remain a permanent cultural contribution to Lebanon.

 

PDF iconDownload "Human Rights Booklet"

 

Human Rights Wall of Contemplation

 

  • Provide artists with an open platform for freedom of expression
  • Empower artists
  • Raise awareness about human rights, as well as the rights, duties and responsibilities of citizens within the framework of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 

Human Rights Wall of Contemplation

 

  • The youth, students and school children who visit the museum
  • They wider public who visit the museum
  • Street artists and graffiti writers

 

EU Human Rights Wall of Contemplation Lebanon

 

  • Launching of an international call for artists from all over the world and selection of 12 artists
  • Creation of a series of 12 murals inspired by articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
  • Publication of a booklet on the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 

Human Rights Wall of Contemplation

 

  • Active involvement and engagement of street artists with the selection of 12 artists from 11 countries: Estonia, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Senegal, United Arab Emirates and Ukraine. Additionally, in conjunction with the EU funded project, a Lebanese artist also developed a graffiti as a tribute to Charles Malek, one of the "founding fathers" of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Increased awareness among the general public and key stakeholders about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and about citizens’ rights and obligations
  • A booklet on human rights and roles and responsibilities was designed by MACAM under the project and will be distributed to visitors and school children serving as a tool promoting civic engagement

 

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