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TWO Human Rights ART Exhibits- “Family Ties: Occupation Art/Art for the Sake of Humanity” February 24–April 5, 2012 at Pacific Grove Arts Center.

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*Two Human Rights ART Exhibits  ”Family Ties: Occupation Art” and “Art for the Sake of Humanity”

February 24–April 5, 2012 at Pacific Grove Arts Center, 568 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA

Hours: Wed-Sat. 12-5; Sunday 1-4; Closed Mon. & Tues.

PGAC Flyer web <— Click Here for a .PDF copy of the flyer for distribution online.

In the United States, a country that prides itself on its democracy, it is ironic that it also is one of the most active abusers of human rights, most recently seen in the treatment of Iraquis at Abu Ghraib prison, as well as in the ongoing unwavering financial and political support by the U. S. for Israel and its occupation of Palestine.

The goal of this exhibit is to represent the lives of people in human struggle in ways that are humanistic and informative, and to tell important stories not told by the traditional western media.

Human Rights Watch says that there is now overwhelming evidence that U. S. mistreatment and torture of Muslim prisoners took place not merely at Abu Ghraib but at facilities throughout Afghanistan and Iraq as well as at Guantanamo and at “secret locations” around the world, in violation of the Geneva Conventions and the laws against torture.

“Family Ties:  Occupied Art” features work by Arizona artist Suzanne Klotz, whose art is inspired by The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Her provocative work cuts against the cultural grain that accommodates and rationalizes the military occupations of Iraq and Palestine. Klotz arranged collaborative exhibitions between Israeli and Palestinian artists at Mishkenot Sha’ananim, a non-governmental, non-political, International Cultural Center, Jerusalem, Israel, where she became aware of the plight of the Palestinians

”Art for the Sake of Humanity” – a group exhibition: Mohammed Al-Sadoun witnessed the destruction of Baghdad during the Iraq-Iran war. His work is a protest to censorship and the lack of freedom of expression and human rights in the Middle East. Brenda Louie’s painting “Warring States Series II” protests the cruelty of war and its aftermath. John Takami Morita’s etching “House Demolition II” details conditions in the Jenin Refugee Camp, West Bank. The Palestine-Israel Action Committee’s “Wall of Flags” remembers children’s lives lost to the Occupation. Vanessa Stafford highlights Abu Ghraib prison abuses. Jack Howe, Ian Everard, Lynn Guenther, and Salvadoran-born pop artist Gerardo Gomez display art expressing political themes that question our notions of  “occupation” and, ultimately, war.FMI:  831-423-1626×101

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