I was recently enrolled in the art exhibit entitled A Celebration of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility. The program booklet, a glossy full colour publication printed by the OHREA (Office of Human Rights, Equity & Accessibility) for the show, describes the event:
“[The exhibit] showcases the artistic talent and social conciousness of Windsor-Essex students. In commemoration of March 21st (The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination), this exhibit raises awareness around issues of discrimination and systemic oppression, while offering windows of hope.”
The event was co-ordinated by the OHREA and the organizing committee featuring Kaye Johnson, the director of the OHREA, Jasjeet Ajimal and others. The exhibit took place on March 21st, 2011 in the CAW Commons at the University of Windsor, Ontario. The exhibit was a judged competition featuring several judges chosen form community and a people’s choice award. In the “Message from the President” section of the book of the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Windsor, Dr. Alan Wildeman, addresses the exhibit’s contents.
“Expression through art is a part of the human experience, and one of the most powerful ways in which aspirations for social justice have been presented… It is the goal of the [OHREA] to help us all gain awareness of the need for everyone to have dignity and to have opportunity. Supporting the advancement of human rights, equity and accessibility is the responsibility of all of us. The work of these students is an important part of spreading that message across the University of Windsor and our surrounding community.”
Dr. Alan Wildeman
President and Vice-Chancellor
For my contribution to A celebration of Human Rights… I exhibited my recent “Artist as Activist” works, including the Rechargeable Solar Powered LED Bag, the Untitled Photo works and the video Trying on Glasses. After the judging period was concluded I was awarded an honourable mentions award, presented by Kaye Johnson.