• Wilson Díaz, Baño en el cañito - fotografía, 2000

    Wilson Díaz, Baño en el cañito - fotografía, 2000

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12 June 2008 - 9 July 2008

Trazos humanos / Human Traces is inspired by the 25th Anniversary of the University of Essex Human Rights Centre which, in 2008, coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted and proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 10, 1948.


Most of the works in Human Traces are drawn from the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) and explore the direct and indirect engagement of contemporary Latin American artists with the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled, as expressed in the UDHR.

The Spanish word trazo (plural, trazos) can mean line, stroke, sketch, outline or feature. The title of this exhibition alludes to the presence or, more often, absence of humans and their rights in the works included; to the 'traces' by which they are represented and, still further, to the vital 'marks' made by artists in order to recapture a sense of humanity in often dehumanising circumstances.

Trazos humanos / Human Traces is a collaboration between the Art Exchange, ESCALA, the Human Rights Centre and the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, with the support of the University's Annual Fund.

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