Celebrating the Creative entries of the HART Prize for Human Rights 2021-2022

6 April 2022

This year we had yet another fantastic range of creative entries, with students entering from all around the world, from here in the UK  to the Philippines! Below you will see a showcase of the winning entries from each category, and a snapshot of the wonderful selection of artwork we received.

Junior Creative winning piece, ‘The Flower’ by Angel Harris

This piece represents the horror of ‘FGM’ the canvas is painted black to represent the darkness and evil of the subject and the red fingerprints and streaks all over the painting/sculpture represent the unhygienic, messiness and grittiness of the process. The vagina is shaped using multiple prints of the infamous blade that is used to cut out the clitoris. and the flower actually represents the clitoris itself (as some women relate a rose/flower to a vagina!) then I used the actual blade that someone would have used to do this horrible process and cut it into the rose. The 3d painting overall is not pleasant to look at. Just like ‘FGM’ is nowhere near pleasant and definitely strips a woman of her human right.

Intermediate Creative winning piece, ‘Invasion of Burma’ by Ananya Powis

The military coup which took place in February in Myanmar had massive impacts on the developing country and still does. I have done a sculpture to represent the invasive techniques the Tatmadaw have used unfairly on the Burmese, in the pursuit of power and control, with little regards for the livelihoods of millions of people. The hand represents the loving nature of the world, and mother nature doing her best to support these people, with the help of Human Rights organisations such as HART, while the house is representative of the homely nature of the country, and the people which use Myanmar as their safety net, yet their home is now being brutally invaded by power-hungry military, represented by the toy figurines of soldiers, green also being the colour of the Tatmadaw. The sculpture highlights their invasive techniques on their people, and how unliveable these conditions are for locals who are unable to escape the suffocating system they have found themselves in.

Senior Creative winning piece, ‘The Martyr’ by Monica P. Acala

The photography represents Burma’s resistance, fight, courage and hope despite more than one year of repressive military rule, widespread poverty, and civil war with ethnic minority groups. The girl (or the subject) in the photo symbolically signifies those thousands of citizens who have suffered, tortured, raped, and killed on fighting for their rights and democracy, like a martyr who feel helpless—trapped and victimized but still hoped and chose to fight for their belief of freedom and democracy of their own country.

A snapshot of the wonderful entries received:


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