Rena Effendi, Bombed Russian military base in Tshinvali. South Ossetia. Russia - Georgia conflict. August, 2008
PRISMA was officially launched during the Venice Art Biennale opening with Alfredo Jaar as special guest. The theme of 2015 is “Freedom”. Photographers, professional and amateur, from any part of the world have submitted their work.
The twenty selected images will be displayed, along with photographs by the special guest photographer Rena Effendi, to illustrate the relevance of “Freedom” as a fundamental human right and the importance of defending it. Freedom from oppression, freedom of speech and belief, freedom of movement, freedom from fear, freedom of thought and freedom of opinion.
The goal of PRISMA is to complement academic research with other media of knowledge, such as photography, to reach a wider international public and foster a better understanding of the issues concerning human rights and their protection. PRISMA aims at being not only a photographic event but also an unmissable annual appointment and a point of reference worldwide. Furthermore, PRISMA’s purpose is to create a network of artists, intellectuals and professionals interested in fighting for the protection of human rights and the promotion of democracy and peace.
A very special international jury will announce the winner of PRISMA Human Rights Photo Contest. The jury is composed by Rena Effendi, internationally renowned Azerbaijani photographer; Isabelle Gattiker, General and Programme Director of the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva; Almir Koldzic, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts, organisation comprising creative arts and cultural projects exploring refugee and migrant experiences; Azu Nwagbogu, Director of the Lagos Photo Festival and of the African Artists' Foundation; and Alberto Prina, photojournalist and Founder of the Gruppo Fotografico Progetto Immagine and of the Festival of Ethical Photography.
PRISMA aims at being not only a photographic contest but also to become an annual event for photography on human rights worldwide. PRISMA’s purpose is to create a network of artists, intellectuals and professionals interested in strengthening the protection of human rights and the promotion of democracy and peace.
Furthermore, the goal of PRISMA is to complement academic research with other media of knowledge, such as photography, to reach a wider international public and foster a better understanding of human rights issues and their protection.