January 26, 2011
Contact: Millie Gonzalez
ONE WORLD, ONE TRIBE to Exhibit at the Human Rights Institute at Kean University Gallery
UNION, NJ - From Wednesday, February 16 through Friday, April 29, the Human Rights Institute at Kean University will host One World, One Tribe, a powerful exhibition featuring 40 portraits that bring visitors face to face with men and women caught in the whirlwind of history. The exhibition is organized by Reza Deghati. It is produced and traveled by National Geographic.
An opening reception featuring Reza will be held on February 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Human Rights Institute Gallery, located at 1000 Morris Ave. in Union, N.J. Reza will speak about his art and its relationship to human rights.
From Rwanda to Afghanistan, Cambodia to China, Mongolia and Pakistan, and passing through Cairo, the photographs feature the singular stories of women, children and men as they experience conflicts, torments and dreams that gather or divide them. With the multitude of faces in this installation, Reza draws a new fresco as close as possible to the reality of contemporary history, encouraging those who view it to think about engagements and world citizenship.
“The message of One World, One Tribe is we all have the same blood all over the world. The blood is the same color,” said Reza. “We may have different colors, different languages, but the essence of humanity is the same for everybody.”
The gallery hours are Mondays, noon to 7 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays, from noon to 8 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m.
The Human Rights Institute at Kean University aims to raise awareness of human rights violations worldwide and to inspire action among students, teachers and the general public. The Institute’s goals are to promote tolerance, combat genocide and encourage action and conflict resolution through the creation and sponsorship of wide-ranging activities, including conferences, seminars, teacher training and curricula development.
Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 15,000 students.