Legal human rights work has its limits. Through legal interventions, ECCHR can try to hold accountable those responsible for international crimes, economic exploitation or the brutal push-backs of refugees and migrants – but the process to address past and prevent future human rights violations is a broader project to be undertaken by societies as a whole.
Art can play a crucial role in this process: The work of politically engaged artists is often crucial to ensuring that the fight for justice acquires the necessary depth and significance to reach broad sections of a society and to inspire reflection.
Since its establishment, ECCHR has been working with artists from all over the world. At our office, we regularly exhibit work by artists who, like us, protest against human rights abuses – be it the crimes of the Brazilian military dictatorship, the unlawful border regime at the US-Mexican border or the exploitation of Palestinian migrant workers in Israel.
Art allows us to pose more fundamental, radical questions than is possible in our legal casework. We want to heighten awareness of current and past injustices and place ourselves at the intersection of law and art.
In the past years, ECCHR has worked with the following artists, some of their work were presented in exhibitions in the ECCHR offices: