Artwork Gifted to Columbia Law School Commemorates the Human Rights Institute's Twentieth Anniversary
‘Procession V’ by Jazmin Quill is part of a series of permanent installations at human rights institutions around the world, honoring the work of human rights activists.
New York, June 7 - In the words of the artist, “the PROCESSION triptychs are their own diaspora, representing the movements of people in our modern world. They serve as a thought prompt for viewers, as one is often able to linger a little longer upon the abstract than the real. The collection is made of sand, charcoal, and torn fragments of brown paper. The shapes appear, unplanned, and a procession forms. The disconnected figures become groups of people bound by circumstance.
“At the heart of the work are things discarded; the inaccessible abandoned places that someone once held dear; scattered evidence that is testimony to what was; and what endures in the lives of those who now find themselves in the unfamiliar bearings of the present.”
Jazmin Quill, is an abstract expressionist based in Northern California. She has gifted the artwork to Columbia Law School as part of an international series of installations, including at Stanford University, the Human Rights Defenders Hub in York, and the UNESCO Chair for Peace and Conflict Studies at Universität Innsbruck. Further sites are in progress.
This piece is located on the ninth floor of Columbia Law School's Jerome Greene Hall.
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