30 Artists on Humanitarian Issues
Spring / Summer 2021
An exhibition produced by the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in collaboration with the HEAD – Geneva, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Geneva Red Cross
Geneva is the global capital of humanitarian action. What impact does that have on the work of artists who trained here? And more generally, can art help us to better understand humanitarian issues?
Since 2015, the annual Prix Art Humanité has provided new answers to those questions. The prize is sponsored by the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD), the Geneva Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross and is awarded to artists or designers whose work reﬂ ects the most important principle of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement: humanity. That is, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found.
The artists featured here were all contestants for the prize. Humanity is at the heart of all their work, though in very different ways. They highlight social issues, question the norms that govern our relationship to ourselves and others, and invite us to accept – and assert – our identities, no matter how complex or vulnerable.
Concerned showcases new perspectives on humanitarian action and challenges us to rethink our role as artists, aid workers or ordinary citizens.