Celebrations of the 20 years of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in Paris

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Exposition

« Juger/Créer. Regards sur la Cour pénale internationale »

Du lundi 26 novembre jusqu’au vendredi 14 décembre 2018.

Entrée libre du lundi au samedi, de 14H à 19H.

Le ministère de la Justice, le ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères, l’Institut des hautes études sur la Justice (voir ici la page de présentation de l’évènement), l’École nationale de la magistrature, la Cité internationale des arts, Creating Rights, la Ville de Paris, des artistes et d’autres partenaires organisent une exposition grand public ainsi que des tables rondes, à l’occasion des 20 ans de la création de la Cour pénale internationale par le Statut de Rome.

Célébrer ce moment historique permet de rappeler que le crime de génocide, les crimes contre l’humanité, les crimes de guerre et le crime d’agression, portent atteinte à notre humanité et qu’il est fondamental de soutenir l’action de la Cour pénale internationale.

L’exposition du lundi 26 novembre au vendredi 14 décembre présente une approche originale et transversale de la Cour pénale internationale en mêlant différentes disciplines : l’histoire, le droit, la sociologie et l’art. Un parcours conçu autour de différents espaces permet au visiteur d’entrer progressivement au cœur de la Cour. De la présentation de cette juridiction internationale, à l’immersion dans un procès, en passant par le regard des victimes sur les crimes qu’elles ont subis, les organisateurs et les artistes ont souhaité à la fois rendre hommage à cette institution et permettre l’ouverture d’un dialogue et d’une réflexion sur son fonctionnement, ses actions, ses ambitions et son avenir.

L’exposition (voir la plaquette) présente les installations Déflagrations par la commissaire d’exposition Zérane S. Girardeau, en collaboration avec Creating Rights, et Muzungu, par Franck Leibovici et Julien Seroussi.

Zérane S. Girardeau et Creating Rights proposent une partie d’un corpus de dessins d’enfants victimes de guerres qui se sont déroulées ou se déroulent dans des pays comme la République centrafricaine, la République démocratique du Congo, l’Ouganda, le Soudan mais aussi au Rwanda, en Syrie et en Birmanie. Des extraits de paroles d’enfants, écrites, filmées, complètent le dispositif, ponctué par une intervention de l’artiste Sonia Wieder-Atherton, et un texte de l’écrivain Erri de Luca). Ces dessins font partie du projet Déflagrations mené par Zérane S. Girardeau, “une traversée des temps et des territoires au milieu de dessins réalisés par des enfants témoins, victimes, parfois acteurs des guerres, conflits et crimes de masse de 1914 à aujourd’hui”.

La table ronde du vendredi 30 novembre (17h30-30h30) est dédiée à la confrontation des points de vue entre juges, artistes, sociologues et historiens notamment sur l’attaque et l’enrôlement de mineurs dans un village en Ituri, en République démocratique du Congo. Que retiennent les artistes et les juges d’un tel événement? Pourquoi et comment les chercheurs en sciences sociales s’intéressent-ils et s’emparent-ils de la justice pénale internationale? Comment l’art, la sociologie, l’anthropologie et le droit peuvent-ils interagir ? Etre utiles l’un à l’autre ? Une œuvre d’art peut-elle servir d’élément de preuve ?

Autant de questions qui pourront être posées lors de cette table ronde.

La journée du vendredi 14 décembre (10h-18h) propose une série de débats sur la Cour pénale internationale avec de nombreuses personnalités de haut-niveau de la Cour, du monde judiciaire, de la société civile et du milieu universitaire. Cette journée sera clôturée par Nicole Belloubet, garde des Sceaux, ministre de la Justice.

Les intervenants discuteront au cours de quatre tables rondes :

10H – 11H15 « Les origines de la justice pénale internationale. »

11H30 – 13H « La négociation du Statut de Rome. »

14H – 15H30 « La Cour pénale internationale aujourd’hui. »

15H45 – 17H45 « Les défis de la Cour pénale internationale. »

 

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The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Institut des Hautes Etudes Judiciaires – IHEJ, Creating Rights, La Cité Internationale des Arts, L’Ecole Normale de la Magistrature, la Ville de Paris, artists and practitioners, organise an exhibition and two roundtables open to the public to celebrate the 20 years of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

The Exhibition

“Judge/Create – Insights on the international Criminal Court” (open Monday-Saturday, 2pm-7pm)

The exhibition will take place from Monday 26 November until Friday 14 December 2018 at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. It will present different approaches to the work of the International Criminal Court : history, sociology, law, and art. The audience will access the core of the Court’s work through several spaces dedicated to a presentation of the institution, an immersion into one of the trials, and the experience of victims and actors of the conflicts.

With this exhibition, the organisers and the artists wish to not only pay homage to the work of the international institution, but also open a reflexion and a discussion on its functioning, its goals, and its future.

The exhibition (see the brochure here in French) features two art installations: Déflagrations, by Zérane S. Girardeau, in collaboration with Creating Rights, and Muzungu, by Franck Leibovici and Julien Seroussi.

Zérane S. Girardeau and Creating Rights present a portion of a collection of drawings by children, actors or victims of wars that took place in countries such as the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Sudan, as well as Rwanda, Syria, and Myanmar. Extracts from words by the children themselves will feature next to the drawings, as well as interventions by artists such as Wieder-Atherton and Erri de Luca and by sociologists and historians. These drawings are part of the project Déflagrations coordinated by Zérane S. Girardeau.

The Roundtables

“A new perception of international criminal justice. A discussion between judges, artists, academic and the audience”

Friday 30 November 2018, 5.30-8.30pm.

 

“The International Criminal Court: from the start to the future” 

Friday 14 December 2018, 10am-6pm.

Meet the Syrians

Meet the Syrians is a one-week celebration event that gathers over 100 Syrian artists from all over the world to celebrate art for freedom, with the goal of showing art work and connecting with other communities as artists, freedom seekers and fellow humans. This event holds an art exhibition, screening of videos made by digital artists, and theatrical and musical performances.

Meet the Syrians is the first project of the non-profit organisation AMAS (Annamarie Art Stichting). The founders of AMAS, Sofia Dawoudi and Fawaz Zaza, intend to take this project on a journey that started in Amsterdam in 2017 and will travel to cities that welcome the concept, such as The Hague or Geneva, cities that symbolize peace and Justice. The event is designed to attract more artists every year and to develop working realtionships with artists of various nationalities in the future.

Creating Rights is proud to support AMAS’ project Meet the Syrians. The vision of the project, to organise a forum where artists and various audiences can connect and exchange on humanitarian issues through a joyful and celebratory atmosphere, represents a perfect illustration of what art can achieve. Moreover, Creating Rights believes in the importance of reminding the human dimension of each individual fleeing war, in order to bring European populations to see beyond the waves of faceless refugees.

Creating Rights supports Meet the Syrians in different ways in an effort to make the next event happen. We provide assistance in connecting to the art and international legal worlds in The Hague. We also offer advice in drafting proposals for funding purposes.

Artwork by some of these artist is visible as part of the Virtual Gallery. Have a look at the fantastic work by Dima Nashawi, Farah Presley, Hiba Al-Fardous Al-Azem, Falak al Ghazzi, and Wajdi Saleh.

We will post here soon more information on the next venues of Meet the Syrians.

The Virtual Gallery

A permanent project Creating Rights undertakes is to display a virtual and temporary exhibition of art works by socially engaged artists on its website. We envision Creating Rights’ platform to offer visibility to emerging artists from everywhere in the world for whom art became a necessity or a means to express visions of human rights.

You can see here Bruce Clarke’s artwoks, displayed as the first artist on the Creating Rights’ Virtual Gallery.

Today, Creating Rights would like to introduce you to five artists that are part of Meet the Syrians, a project led by AnnaMarie Arts Stichting, and supported by Creating Rights as it will be travelling in 2018 to The Hague, the city of international peace and justice. More on this specific project can be seen here.

Today, you can discover the work and the vision of five of these Syrian artists: Dima Nashawi, Farah Presley, Hiba Al-Fardous Al-Azem, Falak al Ghazzi, and Wajdi Saleh. Two of Dima Nashawi’s artworks are visible on the home page of Creating Rights.

We thank all of them greatly for their collaboration with Creating Rights.

 

Dima Nashawi 

“I am an illustratrator, clown and founder of the Memory Initiative of Syrian Culture project (MISC).

Through my illustrations I tend to reflect my personal life experiences and my interactions with human rights issues around the world. I feel a strong sense of responsibility to deliver, through art, a message to the world: Syria is as a country of artists, a home for peaceful activists eager to live and create civil projects for a better future. My main concern is to advocate for the brutally arrested detainees who are denied fair trials and are held in harsh conditions.

MISC project was initiated during my Masters studies of Arts and Cultural Management at King’s College University of London, UK. The project continued supported by AFAQ fund granted in 2017. It is an attempt to help Syrians to transmit the memory of the conflict and, by doing so, to reclaim their own agency. It is a project based on researches that support the thesis that preserving these memories could be a possible fertile resource for the creation of a common ground for the future Syrian identity, overcoming divisions and promoting inclusion. The tool chosen for the preservation includes visual narratives.

My recent participation in collective exhibitions was in ‘Textural Threads’ exhibition in London within “AWAN” festival. “AWAN” festival is an annual event that celebrates Arab female artists, by offering them the platform to increase the visibility of their artwork and also by exposing their talent to newer audiences.

I also participated in several collective exhibitions in Syria ; and organized two exhibitions to advocate for social causes in Damascus. The first was in 2010 to support refugee children under the umbrella of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The second was in 2011 to support children with cancer through Basma, a Syrian nonprofit organization. Both exhibitions were inspired by children texts and stories.

Finally, I am a clown member in Clown Me In, a theatre company founded by Sabine Choucair from Lebanon and Gabriela Munoz from Mexico. Through interactive workshops and performances, the company uses clowning to spread laughter and provide relief to disadvantaged communities while exploring human vulnerabilities and providing individuals a way to accept them. Clown Me In has worked in communities around the world, including in Mexico, Lebanon, India, Brazil, Morocco, Jordan, Syria, Greece and the United Kingdom, as well as with Palestinian refugees.

You can see my portfolio online on Behance, Facebook, and Instagram.”

Dima’s page on the Meet the Syrians‘ project website is visible here.
Illustrations
“Maryam”
“Maryam is a former detainee by the Syrian regime. I drew this illustration to represent her testimony through my work with “Al Nabad” media outlet, working together in documenting detainees’ testimonies as part of the Syrian collective memory. 
 
While listening to her audio testimony, telling about her detention experience, subconsciously, I drew a sketch of a woman with peaceful smile. Her hair was like a rainy cloud, raining above the prison’s ugly elements and growing flowers instead and allowing the sun to shine. 
 
I knew Maryam a little at the begining of the revolution through her brother who is a dear friend. She was detained due to her civil activism against the regime in 2014, asking for freedom, social and political reformation. She went through a very harsh experience. She was tortured and sexually abused by the investigator. However, every couple of minutes through her horrible statement, Maryam tends to highlight a human detail that happened with her in theprison for example her relationship with her colleagues. She would be very appreciated to those little glimpse of moments as a way to survive detention, and lead her life.” 
Visible here.
The Civil Society” 
“This artworks is envisioned to support the civil society in Syria in particular, and in every country more generally. The civil society that challenges death and arms by spreading and supporting arts, knowledge, music, sports … etc. 
This illustration is a stand of appreciation for their efforts in Syria in very difficult times of conflict. For they maintained their civil work despite all the atrocities and oppression by different actors including the regime and the extremist militias, and living in a constant shelling by the regime and its allies.  
I contributed with this piece of art in Arts the Arms fair campaignThe art campaign was to draw attention to the world’s largest arms fair taking place in London Sept 12, 2017 by initiating online campaign and big art exhibition at the same time.” 
 
Visible here
 
“I Wish I Could”
“This is an art work within the campaign of #SaveAleppo. Wishing to have the power to stop the shelling from falling on the city and destroying it. 
“I wish I could” is my wish to protect the city, its residences. However, I could not, but I will continue with my art to resist and stand against perpetrators.”  
 
Mentioned here.  
 
The Secret of The Raindrops”
 
 “I composed and illustrated the story following the detention of a close friend, Lana, by the Syrian regime in 2015. The story uses symbolic elements to highlight the issue of arbitrary detention against civil activists by different actors, and the Syrian society’s engagement and struggle for the release of prisoners of consciousness.

In the story, Lana is the main character that goes through a journey to reveal the destiny of her mother who disappears suddenly in the woods. Leaving no trace behind but her name in a raindrop hanging on a branch. A passing by deer hold it in the eyes and vanishes. Lana eventually discovers the secret of the imprisoned names and help her mother and others suffer from the same fate to be free. 

In this illustration, the witch and Lana manage to free the raindrops that ascended by the rainbow shell to the sky. The sky started to rain when the raindrops reached the moon, and the rain turned into human beings before falling on the ground and be free again from their prisons. 

This story is an attempt to remind of the prisoners of consciousness in Syria, to put together all efforts to free them. Moreover, it is a call to change the law in Syria that is used to persecute the prisoners of consciousness and put their lives in extreme danger. Many of them died in torture and for many, their fates are unknown, so it is essential to save the lives of those remaining.”

Mentioned here.

Farah Presley

Farah Presley is a painter and a children’s books writer. She has been painting for almost three years, made two short films with her group (Maajooneh) composed of two artists, in 2015 and 2016. She made a first children’s book (Peace Flower), which is not published yet. Farah lives in Istanbul, Turkey.
Farah’s page on Meet the Syrians‘ project webiste is visible here.
Short films
Fade to Black (visible also here)
Yaman (visible also here)
Illustrations
“Finally we are one #1”
“Finally we are one #2”
“Meeting Place”

Hiba Al-Fardous Al-Azem

    
“My name is Hiba Alazm and I am from Syria but live at the moment in Germany. I studied Painting and my speciality was “Water Colors” because of its beauty and I feel that the water colors can express my feelings. I contributed to many collective exhibitions in Syria. The last one in 2014 was called “Syria in young eyes”. My last exhibition took place in Holland as part of the Meet the Syrians project.”

Hiba’s website is visible here. See also Instagram.

Illustrations
“I’ve chosen these paintings, painted for most of them in Syria in time of war, because they express the pain and the suffering that the oppressed Syrians are facing. Sometimes colors can express more than words in terms of Pain and Unfairness. Also Black and White express opposite sides: Peace and War, Hope and Pain, Brightness and Darkness.
I hope the oppression will vanish all around the world soon, and that all children can have a better life than the one we had and live in peace and justice.”
Heba’s page on Meet the Syrians‘ project website is visible here.
“Asylum’s journey”
“Injustice”
“Pain”
“Price of freedom”
“Syria”

Falak al-Ghazzi

“I am Falak al ghazzi from Damascus, Syria. I do different kinds of art and handcraft. but lately I do fire painting and I drill on eggshell. Through the use of flame in the drawing I wanted to send a message to the whole world of what is happening in Syria of killing people and children.”

Illustrations

“The Scream”

“The Scream is about a young man and his family trying to cross the border to get to safety, but the police took hold of him and prevented him from completing his way. He shouted this way and I felt that he was screaming with a burning voice that expressed the suffering of all the Syrians.”

 

“The face of a syrian girl”

“The blood is covering her face, but in her eyes there are insistence and challenge.”

“The old man”

” This is a picture showing an old man after his house was demolished, it filled his face with dust and he lost everything he had. The look in his eyes reflects how deep is grief is.”

Wajdi Saleh

Wajdi Saleh is a Syrian artist living and working in Istanbul, Turkey who, using his art, has taken it upon himself to document and disclose the suffering of the Syrian people concerning the genocide done by Assad and his allies. Wajdi has participated in many activities and exhibitions like the Meet the Syrians’s exhibition, which was held in the Netherlands in April 2017. He also earned the medallion of the first place for graphic design in Behance international competition.

In “Blueprints of war: Syrian artists paint the struggle“, CNN delivered one of Wajdi’s messages seeable in a piece of artwork speaking about the genocide that took place in the city of Duma in August 2015. His artwork, “Waiting”, is part of the “15 Works of Art That Will Change the Way You Look at The Syrian Conflict”, published by Buzzfeed. His artwork is also the subject of the article “Conceptual Art in The Syrian Uprising”  published on Syrianuntold. More of his work can be found on the website of Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution, as well as on the Brezilian website Abduzeedo, here and here.

Wajdi is now is preparing for his exhibition which will take place in Istanbul, Turkey in the few coming months. His artwork is shared on Facebook and Behance.

Wajdi’s page on the Meet the Syrians‘ project website is visible here.

 

Illustrations

 

“Wish of Eid”

“Wish of Eid is the work that I love the most because in my opinion it is the one that best describes the Syrian Revolution. I have posted it in the year 2014 in the period of Eid which is one of two celebrated holidays by Muslims around the world and most of the Syrians.

My wish for Eid was:

“For Eid, I do not want a tank, I do not want a bullet, I do not want your weapons nor your army nor your protection.

I want to fly from here to there, I want to visit that place and buy toys like kids do… For Eid, I want to be happy… for one day… at least, so grab your belongings… and leave”

 

“Water Bomb”

“It unmasks yet another type of crimes that were committed by the regime in Syria by putting an area under fierce siege and cutting out all sources of life, including water. Using this strategy the regime succeeded in killing many innocents, but with the documentation of this crime through “Water Bomb” and other works done by other artists and activists, the awareness was raised and the siege was lifted with the help of international pressure.”

 

#Save_Syrian_Children 

“#Save_Syrian_Children is the hashtag that Syrian activists started, and I used it as a name for one of my works in which I show a less-than 10 year old boy being shot on the grass of the play ground by an Assad’s sniper. The boy died and with his death, the humanity of many people died as well.”

“Peace Rifle”

“It is the call and wish of 23 millions Syrians (Population of Syria before the Revolution). Everybody asked the international community to stop the usage of weapons so that everybody will live a normal free life in which no weapons were used and the repressive regime of Assad did not exist.”

 

“Human Dignity”

“Published for the first time on Creating Rights. It is a pure humanitarian work. It shows how an old man left all the flags of the many different countries and parties that are involved in the Syrian Revolution behind him saying “Alone with dignity rather than alive with humiliation” and walked away from his devastated land so he would finish whatever is left of his lifetime and die with dignity despite everybody.”

 

Weights and Measures: Portraits of Justice

Weights and Measures: Portraits of Justice is a socially engaged art project focused on international law and human rights work, to evoke civic dialogue in post-conflict societies and hubs of international justice.

For the past year, Creating Rights has been providing an active support to the completion of the Weights and Measures project by being a direct actor in The Hague, The Netherlands, the city of international justice. We conduct research and provide advice in one of our areas of expertise, international criminal law. We also act as a liaison with key actors in the fields of art and international justice based in The Hague.

Designed by American artist Bradley McCallum and supported by Conjunction Arts and various partners such as Creating RightsWeights and Measures is an international exhibition with the aim to start a discussion on the underlying issues of international justice, through portraiture.

It comprises large-scale oil paintings of defendants, photographs of justice practitioners and audio installations of witnesses and victims. The paintings reflect the ways powerful men accused of war crimes and genocide are held accountable internationally; the photographs are intimate portrayals of leading justice practitioners who have been instrumental in promoting social change; the audio installations represent the experiences of victims and witnesses through their own voices. Combined, the works are a collective social portrait of international justice efforts around the world.

The artworks will be displayed in different parts of the world, starting in 2017 in South Africa, alongside conferences, and embedded in public programming with partner organisations. During the project, a dedicated online platform will be created to listen and engage with the oral histories. In addition the audience will contribute, as they experience the work, to create a virtual experience by sharing their experience of the exhibition and discussing the underlying issues pertaining to international justice. 

November 2016

On 21 November 2016, the WAYAMO Foundation organized a side-event to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the creation of the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA). On this occasion, a panel discussion on the future of international justice and its challenges gathered members of the AGJA, as well as artist Bradley McCallum who introduced his project Weights and Measures: Portraits of Justice. A preview of the exhibition was visible during this side-event.

You can read here about this collaborative event, during which the existence of a system of international justice and its challenges was discussed, as well as whether a culture of international justice exists today, and how it can contribute to the debate.

February – March 2017

In February 2017, a preview of the exhibition took place at Constitution Hill, in Johannesburg, South Africa. This was also the opportunity to hear distinguished speakers such as Kelly Jo-Bluen, Richard Goldstone, Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh, and Navy Pillay on the domestication of international justice law in Africa. On 28 and 30 March, the exhibition opened to the public at the Johannesburg Genocide and Holocaust Center and at the Men’s Prison where artwork was displayed.

Stay tuned for more information coming regarding Bradley McCallum’s project!