The artists for human rights
Art & Advocacy SEries
The Florence Biennale is the largest contemporary fine art show in the world. This year’s event was attended by over 20,000 people with nearly 1000 artists from over 70 nations displaying award-winning art, as well as Ambassadors from Cyprus, Japan, Turkey, Australia and Mexico.
The Biennale has a hallowed tradition of supporting human rights. This year’s event was highlighted by Artists for Human Rights’ special participation. Artists for Human Rights’ Founder Anne Archer and Artists for Human Rights Director of Visual Artists Pomm Hepner were hosted by the Biennale. Artists for Human Rights was provided a prime display area where contemporary art pieces from members were displayed, each depicting a human rights theme.
At the Biennale Awards Dinner held at Fortezza da Basso, Anne Archer presented Biennale President, Pasquale Celona, Artists for Human Rights International Humanitarian Award for continued support and commitment to human rights. Anne Archer’s speech to nearly 1000 attendees emphasized the integration of art and human rights and its vital necessity.
Press conferences and national media coverage culminated in an award presented to Anne Archer and Artists for Human Rights by the Mayor of Florence.