A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS
Human Rights Institute Gallery
May 20 - June 27, 2013
Monday - Thursday: 10:30AM - 3:30PM
Twenty quilts are being loaned to Kean University by The Advocacy Project (AP), a Washington-based non-profit organization that works with community-based organizations around the world. As part of its support for partners, AP helps members to tell their story through embroidered or painted panels, which are then assembled by expert quilters in the US and used to publicize their campaigns.
Each quilt presents a rich and varied portrait of the challenges that face the artists, many of whom are living in exceptionally difficult conditions. Quilting offers them a rare opportunity for expression as well as a chance to work together with other women, which can be a pivotal part of the healing process.
Seventeen different organizations are contributing quilts to the Kean Exhibition. They include five Roma communities in Eastern Europe; children who have been freed from child labor in Nepal; women from Nepal who suffer from the condition of uterine prolapse; Mayan Indians from a threatened wildlife reserve in Belize; handicapped people from northern Uganda; Maasai widows and girls from Kenya; waste-pickers from Delhi; and carpet weavers from the Atlas mountains of Morocco.