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Human Rights/Derechos Humanos
Curated by Saad Ghosn/SOS ART, “Human Rights/Derechos Humanos- Prints by Oaxaca and Cincinnati Artists” consists of 75 prints by 25 artists, 12 from Oaxaca/Mexico and 13 from Cincinnati. Each of these artists created a woodcut print on a theme of Human Rights such as Right to Education, Right to Health, Right to Labor, etc. and contributed, in addition, two prints of their general work to the exhibit.
Upcoming Events & Exhibitions
All Falls Down
Organized and curated by Saad Ghosn/SOS ART, in partnership with Jens Rosenkrantz, The Annex Gallery, and sponsorship by Fotofocus and The Puffin Foundation, it consists of an exhibit of photographs by Lebanese artist Gregory Buchakjian and Cincinnati artist William Howes who both, passionately, documented the abandoned, neglected, and destroyed architectural buildings of their respective city (Beirut and Avondale/Cincinnati) due to economic speculation, poverty, lack of government support, corruption, war, etc.
This is an exhibition of pastel drawings by artist Saad Ghosn. On the works, the artist says “The Covid 19 pandemic had a toll on each of us and was the occasion for the many to get more in touch with ourself, with our life and its meaning, with the reality of death… It also highlighted inequalities and injustices, greed and bigotry, pain and suffering, the absurdity of our attachment to material values…During the 2021 year of imposed isolation I resorted to creating each week a pasteldrawing on the theme of the Circle. The Circle for me represented connectedness, harmony, unity, common finality…, values I aspired to. I used it then in my search for spirituality, for relatedness, in my need for contemplative meditation.”
SOS ART Poems for Peace and Justice
This poetry event, organized by SOS ART and in conjunction with the Essex Studios ArtWalks, consists of poetry readings on themes of Peace and Justice by invited Greater Cincinnati Poets. Each participating poet will read in a 10 minutes slot some of their own poems pertaining to a given theme of peace and justice, also poems on the same theme by another poet of their choice
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“Greater Cincinnati Religious Peacemakers”, written by Saad Ghosn and featuring 38 individuals from Greater Cincinnati who belong to more than 25 religious denominations and whose faith serves as a promoter for their actions toward peace and justice, has been published a year ago by SOS ART.
The actions and paths of these Religious Peacemakers are inspirational and remind us that truly living one’s faith and not only following blindly the institutional religion contributes to unity, and non-divisiveness, toward justice and a better world.
“InsideOut: An Affirming Epiphany” has been published by SOS ART over a year ago. It consists of Self-Portraits by Transgender individuals with responsive Poems by Greater Cincinnati Poets. The book was a collaboration between SOS ART and Jay DeFazio, Inside Out.
“Printed Voices from Czechia” documents the exhibit of prints by Czech printmakers organized by SOS ART in Cincinnati, July-September 2022. It consists of 121 prints, in various printmaking techniques, by 31 Czech artists who reflect on their social and cultural reality. A succinct biography of the artists as well as pictures of their artworks and their accompanying statements are included.
“For A Better World 2022”, the 19th year book of Poems and Drawings on Peace and Justice by Greater Cincinnati Artists, has been published by SOS ART. It includes poems by 93 local poets and drawings by 40 local visual artists, all on the themes of peace and justice.
“Human Rights” Portfolio of Woodcut Prints
by Artists from Oaxaca and Cincinnati
Race & the City Art Event, May 14, 2022
Please watch the short video below summarizing and highlighting the May 14, 2022, “Race & the City Art Event”, organized by SOS ART, and in which took part 14 local poets, 40 local visual artists and 2 local performing groups, each adding their own artistic response to one of the chapters of the book “Race and the City: Work, Community, and Protest in Cincinnati, 1820-1970”, edited by Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. Participating in the event were also the editor and 2 of the authors, Charles F. Casey-Leininger and Nancy Bertaux.
You can also watch the video documenting the entirety of the event here.
SOS ART Retrospective 2016-2020
If you did not have a chance to visit the show please watch the video below documenting the show and including the mini interviews of 60 participating artists.
Calls to Artists and Online Exhibits
are posted in the sidebar to the right
Article by Saad Ghosn