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el dorado

On the Promise of Human Rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights defines a globally valid understanding of human dignity. Yet, “violations of human rights seem to be like images on large billboards: people only see them from the other side of the road”. (Juli Zeh).
El Dorado, legendary land of gold in South America, provides the metaphor and title for this catalogue, which examines the promise of global recognition and implementation of human rights, a promise that is far from being kept. The power of the work of the artists gathered here raises awareness of crises, and, since they illustrate these conflicts or visualise violations of human rights, the drawings, photographs, video pieces, sculptures and installations also work on an abstract level.

Oliver Boberg, Jota Castro, Danica Dakic, Dionisio Gonzáles, Özlem Günyol/ Mustafa Kunt, Eva Grubinger, Mathilde Ter Heijne, Korpys/Löffler, Thomas Locher, M+M, Jens Pecho, Martha Rosler, Katrin Ströbel, , U.R.A. Filoart, Kara Walker, Tobias Zielony

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"el dorado"

July 2009

ISBN 978-3-86678-335-5

16,50 x 22,00 cm

176 Pages

87 colored and 23 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German, English

Kunsthalle Nürnberg

Olaf Arndt, Gabriele Mackert, Harriet Zilch and Juli Zeh
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition „ El Dorado – Über das Versprechen der Menschenrechte“, 17 September to 15 November 2009, Kunsthalle Nürnberg.