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Erman Özbaşaran Opere D'Arte su Carta

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Europe and Fondazione Il Bisonte launch a new artist-in-residence initiative and present:

Erman Özbaşaran Opere D'Arte su Carta

(Florence, Italy | March 5, 2015) The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Europe and Fondazione Il Bisonte per lo Studio dell’Arte Grafica are proud to present the inaugural artist-in-residence program, which will be launched with the exhibit Opere D’Arte su Carta by the Turkish artist Erman Özbaşaran. The exhibition will be on display at the Robert F. Kennedy International House in Florence from March 6 – 19. The artist will be present at the opening.

The artist-in-residence program is designed for international artists interested in the intersection between graphic design, cultural diversity, and human rights protection. The artists selected will spend six weeks working in Florence an innovative research project. The participants will have access to the research laboratories at Fondazione Il Bisonte and will stay at the International House. The candidates will be selected according to their portfolio and commitment to social justice.

The first artist selected is Erman Özbaşaran, 32. A Turkish native, Erman studied at the Academy of Fine Arts at Marmara University in Istanbul. In 2012, Mr. Özbaşaran attended the Summer Residency Program in Painting/Mixed Media at School of Visual Arts, New York. Among his exhibitions: International Student Triennial M.Ü.G.S.F. Istanbul / Turkey (2003); Shaman Diary Project 4L, Istanbul (2004); "The new recommendations-new propositions" Exhibition Borusan Art Gallery, Istanbul (2004); “Young Artist of the Year” contest exhibition Ancient Art Gallery, Istanbul (2005); Open Studios, School of Visual Arts Summer Residency Program, New York (2012); and Metabolite" exhibition, Gallery 44/A, Istanbul (2013).

At the end of the residency program an exhibition of what has been produced inside the laboratories of Fondazione Il Bisonte will be displayed in the Sala delle Colonne Ottagonali at the Robert F. Kennedy International House.


Opere D'Arte su Carta, by Erman Özbaşaran

Robert F. Kennedy International House

Via Ghibellina, 12/A – Firenze

March 6 – 19, 2015

Monday – Friday: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM to 6 PM

 
Contacts:

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Valeria D’Agostino
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Fondazione Il Bisonte per lo Studio dell’Arte Grafica
Duccio Mannucci
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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights welcomes the appointment of a U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons

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(February 26 | Washington, D.C.) Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and Santiago A. Canton, Executive Director of RFK Partners for Human Rights, praised Secretary of State John Kerry for establishing a Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons. The position recognizes that international LGBT human rights must be a foreign policy priority for the United States, especially at a time when LGBT rights are under assault in a number of countries around the world, including Russia, Uganda, and The Gambia.

“The appointment of a Special Envoy for LGBT rights reflects the best of American foreign policy: compassionate, courageous, and dedicated to the rights and liberties of all peoples," said Kerry Kennedy. "The recent passage of an anti-gay law in The Gambia and the threat of similar legislation in other countries make this not only an historic appointment, but a timely one as well.”’ 

The Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons will be in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the State Department. Randy Berry, currently the Consul General at the United States embassy in the Netherlands, will serve as the first Special Envoy.

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has been strongly advocating for the creation of this Special Envoy during the past year. Senator Ed Markey proposed legislation in June 2014 to create a Congressional mandate for such a role. A number of organizations, including Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, wrote to Secretary Kerry in September urging him to create the Special Envoy by his own authority, which he did earlier this week.

“This appointment reflects the view that LGBT rights are fundamental human rights,” noted Santiago A. Canton. “Having a Special Envoy tasked with coordinating United States policy to advance international LGBT rights will be a meaningful addition as we address these issues in the global context. This appointment should spur other countries—as well as international organizations—to establish similar positions.” 

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