Exhibition "Faces and rights" (2013)
Since 1950, under the auspices of the Council of Europe, the European Convention on Human Rights has protected rights such as the right to a fair trial or quite simply the right to life of the millions of Europeans in the Council of Europe 47 member states. The Convention outlaws torture, discrimination, capital punishment and all the patent violations of human rights which the European Court of Human Rights unfailingly denounces.
This exhibition illustrates the European Convention on Human Rights with a serie of portraits and everyday scenes, a mosaique of individual situations illustrating both the deprivation - and the enjoyment - of our most cherished rights and freedoms.
Each of the 12 panels represents an article of the Convention. Together, these bodies and faces form the pages of an open book, for this emblematic text continues to be a living instrument that is constantly updated to deal with the new problems facing our civilisation.
The European Union's accession to the Convention should, in the years ahead, open up a major new chapter in the history of safeguarding human rights in Europe.