These Vibrant Prints Celebrate Human Rights

Kara Kia

Riposte magazine has partnered with Amnesty International to curate Protection – an inspiring new exhibition and events programme to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The exhibition will feature artwork by 30 women and non-binary artists including Juno Calypso, Joy Miessi and Maisie Cousins, with every penny from sales directly donated to Amnesty International UK.

"When thinking about the theme of the exhibition we wanted to focus on the idea of protection, protecting our human rights and those of others. There’s a real collective feel to the show and to the ideas explored in the work. A feeling that change can come when people collectively come together to protect each other and what is important," said Danielle Pender, Riposte editor and curator of the exhibition.

The launch of Protection on Human Rights Day (10th December) will be the first in a week of events hosted by Riposte and Amnesty, including an artist talk on gender-based rage and creativity (12th December), a dinner hosted by Riposte and Bodega Rita's (13th December) and two creative workshops, open to all ages (15th December).

Click ahead to see some of the beautiful prints for sale...

Protection, an exhibition curated by Riposte and Amnesty, will run from 10th-16th December, 6-9pm daily at Coal Drops Yard, London. If you can't make it you can buy the prints for £50 each at Protection Exhibition.

"Once and For All It’s My Body"

"I wanted to look at the part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that covered the protection of our bodies. The person in my illustration is not passive, they are not being looked at, instead they are challenging the viewer and demanding ownership over their own body."

–Alva Skog

Riposte x Amnesty Alva Skog, $50, available at Protection

"All of Us"

"My piece is about the peace and freedom that has been fought for that is so precious for all."

–Chrissie Abbott

Riposte x Amnesty Chrissie Abbott, $50, available at Protection

"What's the Difference Between a Prisoner of War and a Homeless Person?"

"When we take on an issue we like to add something that hasn’t been part of the dialogue. We did several posters protesting the 1990 Gulf War. In this one we commented on both the war and the issue of homelessness."

–Guerrilla Girls

Riposte x Amnesty Guerrilla Girls, $50, available at Protection

"Right To Learn"

"For some girls one of the biggest hardships in life is getting to access education. I wanted my piece to reflect that education is one of the biggest routes to freedom and joy. We need to protect the rights of women everywhere to have access to education and the right to learn as a key to manoeuvring in the world we live in."

–Joey Yu

Riposte x Amnesty Joey Yu, $50, available at Protection

"Serve & Protect"

"My piece represents women’s rights and gender equality globally."

–Jasmin Kaur Sehra

Riposte x Amnesty Jasmin Kaur Sehra, $50, available at Protection


"I’ve been struck by the impactful slogans and beautiful handmade protest banners that have been created at worldwide protests over the last couple of years as people make their voices heard on a number of human rights issues. I wanted to use powerful words I feel represent activists and their work in the field of protecting human rights."

–Leslie David

Riposte x Amnesty Leslie David, $50, available at Protection


"The theme of protection to me is all about community and how the strongest force we have is to support one another. The layered surface veneer represents the protection our society intends to provide. It can be alluring as well as temporary, scarce, and fragile."

–Lucy Hardcastle

Riposte x Amnesty Lucy Hardcastle, $50, available at Protection


"In these uncertain times, hard won rights and freedoms cannot be taken for granted."

–Lucienne Roberts

Riposte x Amnesty Lucienne Roberts, $50, available at Protection

"The Fibonacci Sequence"

"Protecting rights means protesting abuses. But protesting is tiring. Especially so recently, when the attacks have become daily and the number of groups that are being vilified has exploded. Migrants, transgender people, religious minorities, people of colour – so many of us are perceived as less than human and therefore less than deserving of human rights. In this poster, rather than quantifying which groups are the most vulnerable (as I normally would as a data journalist), I decided to draw on another mathematic concept – the Fibonacci sequence – to show why social cohesion is so important. This mathematical sequence (where each number is the sum of the two that came before it) is found everywhere from sunflowers to pineapples because it's one of nature's most resilient structures. When bigger groups coalesce around smaller ones, when we protest the rights of minorities, everyone is better protected."

–Mona Chalabi

Riposte x Amnesty Mona Chalabi, $50, available at Protection

"In the furthest corner, and the smallest place..."

"Eleanor Roosevelt was the First Lady of the United States 1933-1945 and a civil rights activist. She was also the chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights that drafted the UDHR and on the tenth anniversary of the declaration she gave a speech at the United Nations called 'Where Do Human Rights Begin?'. This is my response to part of her speech on why human rights are crucial to us all."

–Nadia Hernández

Riposte x Amnesty Nadia Hernández, $50, available at Protection

"We Don't Need Protecting. We need reparations and abolition."

"A message outside the 28th Precinct Police Station in Harlem, New York holds a hollow promise that 'We are here when you need us' – but who is the 'you' and 'us'? Despite being painted by Franco the Great, an important artist hero in the historic black community of Harlem, the sentiment only appears to serve the growing influx of white and wealthy newcomers into the area. In the foreground stands another man's work and home, full of that morning's bottle collecting."

–Phoebe Collings-James

Riposte x Amnesty Phoebe Collings-James, $50, available at Protection

"Blood Red"

"The image is part of an ongoing series of female abstracted nudes. The darker tones paired with the blood reds focus on the theme of female anger, violence and our biologically violent experience as women."

–Steph Wilson

Riposte x Amnesty Steph Wilson, $50, available at Protection

"Like A Stone"

"I like to think that this form and use of material could reflect many things to many people who use their dress as a form of expression or protection."

–Pinar Yolacan

Riposte x Amnesty Pinar Yolacan, $50, available at Protection

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