IN OUR GALLERY International Human Rights Art Festival Exhibit Tom Block and Scott Langley
About This Exhibition
Festival producer Tom Block (Human Rights Painting Project) and photographer Scott Langley (Death Penalty Photography Documentary Project) explore different aspects of the struggle for human rights. Block highlights the struggle for human rights the world over through a series of portraits of individual human rights defenders. Biographies of each person featured accompany the paintings. Langley’s chilling death penalty documentary photography project includes execution vigils, inside an execution chamber, the hours leading up to an execution, portraits of exonerated death row prisoners, celebrities opposed to the death penalty, marches, demonstrations and candid emotional and prayerful moments in the context of the death penalty in the United States
About The Artists
Tom Block is an artist, writer and activist best known for the development and implementation of his activist art theory, “Prophetic Activist Art.” His activist work includes publishing the model as a manifesto/handbook; founding the Institute of Prophetic Activist Art; producing the International Human Rights Art Festival and numerous other art-activist endeavors. He has published five books and has exhibited his artwork in galleries and museums more than 200 times throughout the United States and Europe. His plays have been produced and read over the last few years in a growing number of venues in New York, New Jersey, Washington DC and Baltimore.
Scott Langley is a photojournalist based in New York. His documentary work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, encyclopedias, and other outlets. Scott has been an active grassroots organizer against the death penalty since 1999. He co-founded the Raleigh Catholic Worker Hospitality House, where families of death row prisoners may find free shelter, food and support. Since 2004, Scott has served as an Amnesty International USA State Death Penalty Coordinator. He also served on the board of Journey of Hope . . . From Violence to Healing, an organization of murder victim family members who oppose the death penalty.