Photo by David Shen

September 13 to November 17

OPENING RECEPTION Thursday, September 13 at 7 pm

Curated by Maria Mann, Director of International Relations at the European Press Agency, in collaboration with the United Nations Human Rights Office 

Can you picture freedom? What does free speech look like? Can you photograph the right to adequate housing?

These are the challenges we face when we illustrate the rights and freedoms that underpin the International Bill of Rights, which is comprised of three foundational documents adopted by the United Nations General Assembly:  the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, and the International Covenant on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were both adopted in 1966.  These are the treaties that shape contemporary understanding of human rights.

This photojournalism exhibition seeks to juxtapose timeless rights and freedoms set with the immediacy and vibrancy of current events and reinforce the ideal that rights and freedoms should know no borders.

In 2016, the United Nations launched an initiative, including this exhibition, that highlights the timelessness of rights and freedoms and the work still required to secure and ensure them for all peoples of the world. In the year 2018, we celebrate the 70thanniversary of the adoption of the foundational document, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The photos featured in this exhibition are courtesy of the European Press Agency. Founded in 1985, the European Press Agency has photographers working worldwide documenting human rights issues, and it houses an important global archives of more than four million images.