Être. the face of human rights

A photographic journey through the landscape of human rights.

Human rights and human violations have many faces. What do these faces look like?

Bringing together material from Magnum Photos in Paris, curator Lars Müller from Switzerland attempts to answer this question in the exhibition être. The Face of Human Rights currently on display at the Justice & Police Museum.

Presented by the Swiss Consulate in partnership with the Historic Houses Trust, être. The Face of Human Rights is a photographic journey exploring themes such as respect for human rights, peace, democracy and sustainable development.

Roger Kull, Deputy Consul General says the exhibition reflects the cornerstones of Swiss foreign policy by bringing human rights to the fore at both national and international levels.

'We are very pleased that we have been able to secure this exhibition for Sydney, and it is especially fitting that it happens this year which marks 150 years of continuous official Swiss representation in Australia.

'Sydney is one of only twenty destinations on être’s world-wide tour throughout this year and next including destinations with Swiss representation including Berlin, Prague, New York, Vancouver, Brasilia, Santiago de Chile, Pretoria, Dar es Salaam, Bangkok and Jakarta.

'The images not only capture human rights violations, but also record the reality of a life of dignity and peace.

'Personal destinies, everyday moments and segments of life from around the world are portrayed in these images. The photographs document the moment, without passing judgement, but they do call on us to come to terms with these different ’faces’, to find out more about our own rights and to help the victims of human rights violations in their fight for their rights,’ says Mr Kull.

26 November 2005 - 5 March 2006