CRIN is part of the 2019 Venice Biennale’s first-ever human rights pavilion, ARTIVISM, in collaboration with the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. Opening in May 2019, the exhibition explores the fundamental role the arts play in promoting human rights, and how artists and artistically-minded activists respond to human rights violations. The pavilion reminds visitors that we are all born activists, but recognises we do not always know how to respond to injustice. Therefore ARTIVISM invites people to take concrete steps, making the most of our individual talents, imagination and, importantly, our critical thinking.
CRIN’s contribution to ARTIVISM are two interventions which challenge visitors to break any assumptions they have about children and young people. Its premise is part of who CRIN is: our Code sets out that we must challenge the status quo because the norms that dictate under-18s’ place in society need radical change. And as Picasso said: “every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” So to begin creating a better world for children and young people, we must first break the things that hold us back - our assumptions, our silence and our inaction - in order to give us the freedom to act.
To this end, we first present an installation titled ‘Wonder’, a broken cello, no longer fit for purpose, but which now radiates a sense of new possibilities, ones willing to dissolve any power hierarchies that keep under-18s in adult-made cages. Second, is BreakToCreate, an invitation to smash stereotypes, literally, and to commit to a challenge, whether you have 60 seconds, 60 minutes and/or 60 days.
To find out more about ARTIVISM, visit the official website: https://www.artivism2019.com/