Join Eric Stover and Michael Mascuch as they explore issues arising from the work on view in Art for Human Rights, featuring artists Fernando Botero, Ai Wei Wei, Ruth-Marion Baruch, and Pirkle Jones.
The conversation will, in their words, address “the significance of abstraction and representation in political art . . . the potential and actual value of painting and photography in documenting history and providing forensic evidence . . . the ethics of creating and circulating images of violence and suffering . . . and the utility of icons in the global struggle for human rights.”
UC Berkeley Associate Professor of Rhetoric Michael Mascuch is the author of Origins of the Individualist Self: Autobiography and Self-Identity in England 1591–1791, and co-editor of Controlling Time and Shaping the Self: Developments in Autobiographical Writing Since the Sixteenth Century. He is currently working on a new book about genocide and photography with a focus on the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia, A Devastation of Vision: Photography and the Cambodian Genocide. Eric Stover, faculty director of the Human Rights Center at the UC Berkeley School of Law, is the author of, among other books, The Witnesses: War Crimes and the Promises of Justice in The Hague, and The Breaking of Bodies and Minds: Torture, Psychiatric Abuse, and the Health Professions.