OHCHR: International Art Contest celebrates minority artists work

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The top awards for the 2023 International Contest for Minority Artists were presented to four award winners — Babatunde “Tribe” Akande, Bianca Batlle Nguema, Mehdi Rajabian and Karhoum Dembele — during a special ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland.

Honorable mentions also included Aluízio de Azevedo Silva Júnior, Tufan Chakma, Andrew Wong and Elahe Zivardar.

“Within a minute of looking at each piece of art submitted this year, the reasons to continue the fight for the realization of minority rights is so obvious, just in front of our eyes,” said Alexandra Xanthaki, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights and a judge for the contest.

UN Human Rights partnered with civil society organizations, Minority Rights Group International, Freemuse and the City of Geneva, for the second edition of the International Art Contest for Minority Artists. The theme of this year’s contest was for minority artists to expose, explore, and address matters relating to intersectionality and compounded forms of discrimination through their artwork.

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