To celebrate the kodokan 70th anniversary of the universal Declaration of human rights, drawn up after the end of the Second world War under the aegis of Eleanor Roosevelt, there is no better place than the palace of Chaillot, where the text was signed with great fanfare on December 10, 1948. The Museum of man, located in the palace since 1937, mark this memorable date by organizing a series of exhibitions. Its main gallery is occupied by the retrospective of Sebastião Salgado, under the title Statements . The black and white photos, taken by the Brazilian during many stays in sub-saharan Africa, are imbued with the spirit teaching. Salgado provides its landscapes, portraits and scenes of everyday life in a moral sense is clear and unambiguous without resort to tricks of the aesthetic. Solid, quaint, and sophisticated up to mannerism, the works of the professor of economy became a photographer to denounce the poverty, glorify human perseverance and encourage compassion for those who are in misery.

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The forms of art more “democratic”, they, too, join in the celebration of human rights at the palais de Chaillot. From 13 January, during five sessions of painting open to the public, street artists will invest the cour d’honneur to illustrate selected sections of the Declaration ( I have the right to have rights! ). The American Caledonia Curry, operating under the pseudonym Swoon, will pay tribute to protection against unemployment (article 21), far from being the most cited. In the Museum of man, it will create the portrait of an old steelworks in the city of Braddock, Pennsylvania. The urban artist Goin, who hides his identity under the mask while taking the about anarchists, will present a reflection on the freedom of belief. Madame, in a spirit more peaceful, will defend the values of article 5, against torture in its wall drawing, inspired by the posters of the Belle Epoque. “The idea is to highlight the absurdity of the violence,” she explains. The hanging of portraits of refugees by the young French photographer Clarisse Rebotier ( Hic et nunc ), as well as a small historical exhibition dedicated to the black slaves landed on an island near Madagascar during the Seven Years War ( Tromelin, island of the forgotten slaves ), complete the program of celebrations.

The Musée de l’homme (17, place du Trocadéro – 75116 Paris open every day, except Tuesday, from 10h to 18h.

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