Twenty winning images from the first PRISMA Human Rights Photo Contest will be on display at the Monastery of San Nicolò in Venice, Italy, beginning tonight, Friday, September 11. Professional and amateur photographers from across the globe were invited to submit images that speak to the idea of freedom as a fundamental human right, and to the importance of defending it. Images by guest photographer and juror, Rena Effendi, will also be part of the exhibition.
The goal of PRISMA, in addition to hosting a photography competition, is to become an annual photographic event focused on human rights. The organization’s intent is to create a network of artists, intellectuals and professionals interested in strengthening the protection of human rights and the promotion of democracy and peace.
PRISMA’s name is a play on “prism,” the optical element that refracts light into the colors of the rainbow. Here, the prism symbolizes the multitude of realities and points of view that grow from different backgrounds. The photographers in the exhibition, listed below, appropriately hail from many corners of the world. The artists use their photographic voices to illustrate matters of freedom, broadly outlined by PRISMA for the 2015 competition as “freedom from oppression, freedom of speech and belief, freedom of movement, freedom from fear, freedom of thought, and freedom of opinion.”
2015 Photographers: Jenevieve Aken (Nigeria), Mario Badagliacca (Italy), Max Bastard (South Africa), Chen Yi-Jie (Taiwan), Nicolas De Luigi (Italy / Switzerland), Jean-Jérôme Destouches (France / Argentina), Khaled Hasan (Bangladesh), Michael Vince Kim (Korea / USA), Ivan Kovalev (Russia / USA), Mário Macilau (Mozambique), Myriam Meloni (Italy), Adam Jacobi Møller (Denmark), Ramón Ruiz Sampaio (Mexico), Michele Salati (Italy), Jumoke Sanwo (Nigeria), Simone Settimo (Italy), Luigi Storto (Italy), Federico Sutera Sardo (Italy), Patrick Tombola (Italy / Australia), Margherita Vitagliano (Italy).
The inaugural PRISMA exhibition seeks to create a space that challenges one to imagine the peaceful coexistence of varying perspectives and to foster a dialogue about the possibilities.