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.