The Rights Gallery
children’s rights illustrated + annotated
In the face of new and ongoing questions confronting children, we have a responsibility not only to keep re-reading children’s rights, but also to re-present them. This means abandoning the demeaning ‘charitable’ photos we see so often of smiling or starving children, which do nothing but evoke a sense of pity and charity, without tackling why rights violations occur or encouraging viewers think critically.
The Rights Gallery does exactly that — with artwork. Below you can visit online exhibitions of children’s rights in which we use art not just to illustrate words, but to illustrate ideas and thinking. The images have a life and meaning of their own, inviting us to take a fresh look at children’s rights beyond the formats we are used to and, importantly, they keep children’s dignity firmly in their possession.