Artivism highlights the work of six artists and art collectives who use art as an instrument of activism in response to identity-based mass atrocity. These artworks emerge from different post-atrocity contexts, including Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Indonesia, Iraqi Kurdistan and South Africa. The art displayed here encourages us to confront the enduring realities of past violence. Through their work, the artivists advocate for a world that respects the human rights of all individuals. Their activism demonstrates that we all play a part in recognizing and preventing mass violence.
The Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities and all the artists featured in Artivism stand in solidarity with those who face institutionalized discrimination. Our wish is that this exhibition contributes in some small way to building stronger institutions that protect the rights of all people and promote diversity, equity and inclusion.