Sometimes the best way to empathize with a difficult and troubling situation is to step back and actually look at it.
As part of our Arts Initiative, visual artist Bradley McCallum put together a collection of art displaying diverse understandings of international justice. These include affecting portraits that expose the power dynamic between those who have committed crimes against humanity and the victims who have suffered as a result.
This exhibit, which is currently showing at Kinz + Tillou Fine Art Gallery in Brooklyn, is just one of the many ways the arts community can engage the public in an open space over questions about the harsh realities people face in the world. In understanding different perspectives of a conflict, these powerful displays of art allow us to participate in a deep conversation revolving around questions of what justice does or should look like.
Our progress in advocating for the international justice system not only depends on the law or the court system, but also on the power of civil society in bringing awareness and public dialogue within our communities. In a world where unthinkable atrocities are still all-to-common, exhibitions like this are able to shine a light on the beauty of human nature in forgiveness and reconciliation, while pushing all of us forward in our commitment to peace and justice.
Watch the video below from MSNBC to learn more about McCallum’s exhibit, “Weights and Measures”: