Faces of Human Rights Defenders and the extractive Industry, Daniel Schweizer

At flux Laboratory




Vernissage - Artists will be present - wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 5 pm Exhibition from 6 to 20 march 2014 - Mon-Fr 10:00-17:00 or by appointment - At Flux laboratory 

Filmmaker Daniel Schweizer’s exhibition displays original portraits of individuals engaged in the defense of in relation to extractive industries, a sector that often operates in already fragile contexts. The short film Chez les Xikrin du Cateté, 50 ans après by Aurelian Fontanet will be presented in a screening room during the exhibition. In addition, a collection of photographs taken during the young artist’s visit with the Xikrin Indians will be displayed. On the evening of the opening, at 8 pm, the film Yanomami en sursis (8 min) and the short film Chez les Xikrin du Cateté, 50 ans après (10 min ) will be screened, followed by a panel discussion on the current development challenges in the Amazon, hosted by Daniel Schweizer, René Fuerst and Aurélien Fontanet . 






Kafranbel, Révolution et dessins

Maison des Arts du Grütli 


7-16 March 2014 

The people of kafranbel, a small village in Syria, protest against the atrocities committed by the Syrian army Bashar al Assad, with humor. Through theatrical skits, they show the comedic interplay of the power struggle between the major players. Putin, Obama, khomeini, Bashar al Assad, the Chinese President , North korea and Venezuela all contribute to a political stage in which local communities are the marionettes. Kafranbel uses different forms of artistic mediums such as posters and cartoons from “Monty Python “ that they photograph and distribute through social media networks. The artistic reinterpretation by this small village dismisses ignorance and mocks power interests. FIFDH presents a compelling exhibition of this small rebel village, in which freedom of expression remains intact. 






Syria, Hani Abbas's Cartoons

Co-presented with the Cartooning for peace

Maison des Arts du Grütli 



Du 07 au 16 mars 2014  

Hani Abbas is a cartoonist born in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Syria in 1977. After posting one of his works on Facebook in February 2012, depicting the flower symbol of the Syrian protest, this young designer for Al Jazeera and professor in Damascus was threatened by the Syrian secret services. Forced to flee the country with his wife and child, Hani Abbas took refuge in Swit- zerland, where, pending the response of the Swiss authorities concerning his asylum application he continued to denounce the horrors using the only means at his disposal: his talent, a sense of humor and his pens. His drawings depict moments of a people, and specifically of children, whose suffering has become normalized by the media and serves to document the threats made towards journalists, cartoonists, photographers and cameramen by the Syrian regime. 






« Standing Men », exposition commémorative du génocide au Rwanda

Maison des Arts du Grütli




7-16 March 2014 

1994, Rwanda - a genocide took place in a state of indifference. Between April and July, more than a million people were exterminated because they were identified as «Tutsi». In less than one hundred days men, women, children, old people were killed with machetes, guns, grenades, drowned or burned alive in the cities, on the hills, and in the churches.

2014, 20 years later, the artist Bruce Clarke and the Collective for The Upright Men pay tribute to the victims of the genocide through paintings of men, women and children. Standing majestic and dignified, these larger than life silhouettes are painted on historic sites in Rwanda, as well as hung and projected in symbolic places around the world.

«The Upright Men» is exhibited in Rwanda, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Benin. In Geneva, you can discover an impressive exhibition of six Upright Men at Place des Nations from April 1st to June 1st 2014.

Two pieces are presented exclusively at the FIFDH, in the heart of the event at the front and inside of the Grütli House of Arts.





La stratégie du grain de sable

Exhibition by Patxi Beltzaiz dedicated to the Community of Peace in San José de Apartado, Colombia Maison des Arts du Grütli



7-16 March 2014 

Photographer Patxi Beltzaiz in collaboration with writer Traba, explore resistance movements in latin America addressing issues of “land and territory” through a series of 27 photographs and an audio-slideshow.

“la stratégie du grain de sable” exposes the daily struggles and living conditions faced by people living in the Community of Peace in San José de Apartado, a region where Patxi Beltzaiz and Traba documented for three months between June 2010 and March 2012. The Peace Community of San José de Apartado represents a unique case of non- violent resistance amidst the ongoing conflict in Columbia. The community’s respect for life and human dignity have led them to abstain from cooperating with the state and guerrilla militias, explain the artists. 




Art and Change

Maison des Arts du Grütli


7-16 March 2014 

Visual artist Ling Perrelet, exemplifies the idea that art can be a medium for change through her paintings that denounce human rights atrocities. Among the themes she explores is the criminalization of dissent in countries that fear freedom of expression.

Perrelet has immortalized Ai Wei Wei, the world renowned artist, incarcerated for 81 days in 2011 under «fiscal» charges and prevented from leaving Beijing and/or traveling outside of China. Perrelet has also paid tribute to Liu Xiao Bo, writer, university professor, human rights activist, author of the Charter ‘08, and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, imprisoned from 2009 until 2020. Liu Xia is also featured in the artist’s work. Painter, poet, photographer and wife of Liu Xiao Bo, Liu Xia’s house arrest and solitary confinement are threatening her mental health.