Human Rights Human Wrongs: The Photography Of Oppression
Londonist Rating: ★★★★☆
One of the most important documents in existence is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which entitles every citizen of the world to live a life free of slavery, torture, inequality and prejudice of any kind.
This hard hitting set of photographs captures the struggles to attain these rights, in the face of violence committed by those who would deny them. The US features heavily in this exhibition covering the free speech protests at Berkeley University, the race riots in Birmingham, Alabama, and the arrest of Martin Luther King — as well as video excerpts from some of his most powerful speeches.
Human Rights Human Wrongs covers issues across the world too, including a sign marking out the segregation of a South African beach, photos of the divisive revolutionary Che Guevara, and starving children in Africa.
The most powerful images here are the hardest to look at, whether it be an abandoned corpse in a Warsaw ghetto, dead babies laid out after a US bombing of North Vietnam or the well known immolation of a monk in protest against the war in Vietnam.
This is not a light exhibition, but if approached with the gravity it deserves, it serves as an important reminder of what so many have sacrificed, in order to achieve the basic rights that should be afforded to all humans, and how important it is to ensure these rights continue to be preserved.
Human Rights Human Wrongs is on at The Photographer's Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street W1F 7LW, until 6 April. Entrance is free.
For other art exhibitions in London, see our top 10 for February.
Last Updated 12 February 2015