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On The Line/Online: A Human Rights Photographic Project
(An international photography exhibition created by The Alternative Museum for The Nathan Cummings Foundation)

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Darko Bandic
Ian Berry
Donna DeCesare
Carol Guzy
Yannis Kontos
Steve McCurry
David Dare Parker
Lucian Perkins
Maggie Steber


On The Line/Online
The Alternative Museum’s objective is to share with its national and global visitors an understanding of what is happening around the world in the hopes that by learning of the causes of human Rights violations we can make a safer and better world for all.

On the Line/Online will use the art work of some of the most brilliant international photographers to explore the complex, multidimensional issues related to civil and human rights: terrorism vs. freedom fighters, prejudice and bigotry related to race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation,the environment, ethical dilemmas related to government, technology, the media, youth at learning institutions, communities at work, freedom of travel, religious beliefs, and freedom of the press, are a few of the subjects to be considered.

Initially the project will be launched with approximately 50 images selected by TAM's curator, Geno Rodriguez. Work from each of the participating photographers will focus on a specific arena with regards to Human and Civil Rights issues. The images presented will be emblematic of peoples who have endured conditions of historical and social extremity and a celebration of those who have fought for and achieved Human and Civil Rights.

Some countries of interest include: Afghanistan, Burma, Colombia, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Pakistan, Russia, Sierra Leone, Serbia, Thailand, USA, and Zimbabwe. Through monthly updates On the Line/Online will continuously reflect the dynamics of our changing world.

  Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948 On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (for the full text please click here). Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."

Article 1.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

(For the full text please CLICK HERE )

Sponsors: The Starry Night Foundation
The Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation
The Nathan Cummings Foundation
Department of Cultural Affairs for the City of New York
as well as Individual Sponsors

With special thanks to:
Magnum Photo Agency