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Tattoo Event

Human Rights Tattoo presents:

75 YEARS OF HUMAN RIGHTS

A celebration of hope and dignity

75 YEARS OF HUMAN RIGHTS

A celebration of hope and dignity.

✊🏼Grand gathering of the Human Rights Tattoo community to celebrate human rights on International Human Rights Day.

🗓️ Sunday, 10 December , 2023, 13.00 to 17.00

📍Lochal, Spoorzone, Burgemeester Brokxlaan 1000, 5041 SG Tilburg  – The Netherlands

👛: free

✊🏼Program: Interviews, talks, expo and documentaries by the Human Rights Tattoo community including Mpho Tutu, Zaire Krieger and Esmah Lahlah.

A celebration of hope and dignity

On 10 December, the internationally known art project Human Rights Tattoo will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights in Tilburg. They aim to do this with a gathering of as many people as possible from the community of 5154 people, wearing one letter of this statement as a tattoo. The Human Rights Tattoo community is thus showing -literally- that human rights are alive and kicking.

Program and theme

Keywords of this day are “hope and dignity”; key words from the declaration of human rights. At the same time asking: is there anything to celebrate? Is there anything left of the hopes for humanity with which this declaration was written in 1948? Furthermore, how to avoid becoming indifferent to all human rights violations in the world?

The community shows itself and speaks out

The afternoon’s program consists of people from the tattoo community, people who, for personal reasons, have had one of the letters from the Human Rights Declaration tattooed.  Some guests and participants from this community on this day are Mpho Tutu van Furth, priest, activist and daughter of Desmond Tutu, Esmah Lahlah (GroenLinks/PVDA), Zaire Krieger, poet and Mundano, artivist, who was in the world news a few years ago with a gigantic mural with paint made from the ashes from the Amazon Forest.

Present will be Sander van Bussel, the artist behind the project, who will exhibit his Scrolls of Rights here for the first time in the Netherlands; six huge scrolls that make the UDHR legible in tattoos. The Scrolls of Rights were previously on display in museums in China, Mexico and France.

Drawing lots for a Human Rights Tattoo

10 slots for a Human Rights Tattoo will be given away among attendees who are interested in becoming a Human Rights Ambassador.

The demand for these special tattoos is greater in the Netherlands than anywhere else in the world. However, a goal of the project is to make this community as universal as possible, rather than as Dutch as possible. The tattoos will be done on a date to be announced after December 10th.

Made possible by:

The event is made possible by the Municipality of Tilburg Mondiale Bewustwording program, Library Midden Brabant, Human Rights Tattoo Foundation and the community of HRT.

The Human Rights Tattoo project

The Human Rights Tattoo project was started by Tilburg artist Sander van Bussel and has been traveling around the world since 2012 to “write” the entire Declaration of Human Rights in tattoos. All 6773 letters, letter by letter, one letter per person. After 11 years, 5154 people from 80 different countries wear one of these letters under their skin. They wear this tattoo as a conversation starter or to permanently remind yourself of your ideals and to be connected to thousands of others around the world who are standing up for human rights. Each tattoo is documented with a photo, name and personal reason behind the tattoo. The community is an extremely diverse group including CEOs, judges, sex workers, politicians, journalists, garbage collectors, teachers, social workers. From the slums of India, to the states of Manhattan, from the Russian Queer community to radical feminists in Morocco. The project still has 1619 letters to tattoo in the coming years. Meanwhile, the list of people interested includes over 10 thousand people from all over the world.

Program: (subject to change)

doors open: 12.00

  • registration for a tattoo

block 1: 13.00

  • WELCOME:

Marcelle Hendrickx, alderman of the Tilburg Municipality

  • INTERVIEWS:

Sander van Bussel, founder and artist of Human Rights Tattoo

Zaïre Krieger, poet and spoken word artist.

Esmah Lahlah, politician for the GroenLinks/PvdA Party

  • SPOKEN WORD:

by Zaïre Krieger & Mathijs Leeuwis

  • DOCUMENTARY:

Mundano, letter 4675: I about climate ‘artivist’ Mundano in Brazil by Milene van Arendonk

Intermezzo: 14.15

  • EXPO Scrolls of Rights, by Sander van Bussel
  • Q&A; Human Rights Tattoo behind the scenes with Maria Kint
  • SCREENING: HRT documentary screenings
  • WRITE FOR RIGHTS, Amnesty International
  • PRESENTATIONS and activities by NGO’s a.o. Stedenband Tilburg Matagalpa, Contour de Twern, Fairtrade, City Shelter.
  • HUMAN RIGHTS TATTOO merchandise stand

block 2: 15.15

  • Lottery of 10 new tattoo-members among registered attendees.
  • DOCUMENTARY:

Ilya, letter 4081: C. About queer challenges in Russia by Xena Maria Evers

  • ONLINE AFTERTALK between Ilya Vasielievich (RU) and Xena Maria Evers (NL)
  • KEYNOTE:

Mpho Tutu van Furth (EN)

  • all members unite: group Photo!

Please find short bio’s of all program participants below this Dutch translation.

75 YEARS OF HUMAN RIGHTS

A celebration of hope and dignity.

✊🏼Grootse bijeenkomst van de Human Rights Tattoo gemeenschap om de mensenrechten te vieren op de Internationale Dag van de Mensenrechten.

🗓️ Zondag 10 december 2023, 13.00 tot 17.00 uur.

Tilburg

👛: gratis

✊🏼Program: Interviews, talks, expo en documentaires van de Human Rights Tattoo community waaronder Mpho Tutu, Zaïre Krieger en Esmah Lahlah.

A celebration of hope and dignity

Op 10 december viert het internationaal bekende kunstproject Human Rights Tattoo de 75e verjaardag van de mensenrechten in Tilburg. Dit doen ze met een bijeenkomst van zoveel mogelijk mensen uit de community van 5154 mensen die één letter van deze verklaring als tattoo dragen. De Human Rights Tattoo community laat hiermee -letterlijk- zien dat mensenrechten springlevend zijn.

Programma en thema

Kernwoorden van deze dag zijn “hoop en waardigheid”; kernwoorden uit de verklaring van de rechten van de mens. Maar ook: valt er iets te vieren? Is er nog iets over van de hoop voor de mensheid waarmee deze verklaring in 1948 werd geschreven? En hoe kunnen we voorkomen dat we onverschillig worden voor alle mensenrechtenschendingen in de wereld?

De community laat zich zien en spreekt zich uit

Het programma van de middag bestaat uit mensen uit de tattoo-gemeenschap, mensen die om persoonlijke redenen een van de letters uit de Mensenrechtenverklaring hebben laten tatoeëren.* Enkele gasten uit deze gemeenschap op deze dag zijn (o.v.b.) Esmah Lahlah (GroenLinks/PVDA), Mpho Tutu van Furth, priester, activist en dochter van Desmond Tutu, Zaïre Krieger en Mundano die een paar jaar geleden in het wereldnieuws was met een gigantische muurschildering met verf gemaakt van de as uit het Amazonewoud.

Ook aanwezig is Sander van Bussel, de kunstenaar achter het project, die hier voor het eerst in Nederland de Scrolls of Rights exposeert; zes enorme rollen die de UVRM leesbaar maken in tatoeages. De Scrolls of Rights waren eerder te zien in musea in China, Mexico en Frankrijk.

Loting voor een Human Rights Tattoo

10 plaatsen voor een Human Rights Tattoo worden verloot onder geïnteresseerde bezoekers.

De vraag naar deze speciale tatoeages is in Nederland groter dan waar ook ter wereld. Een doel van het project is echter om deze gemeenschap zo universeel mogelijk te maken, in plaats van zo Nederlands mogelijk. De tatoeages zullen worden gezet op een datum die na 10 december bekend wordt gemaakt.

Mede mogelijk gemaakt door:

Het evenement wordt mede mogelijk gemaakt door Gemeente Tilburg – Mondiale Bewustwording, Bibliotheek Midden-Brabant, Human Rights Tattoo Foundation en de community van HRT.

Het Human Rights Tattoo project

Het Human Rights Tattoo project is gestart door de Tilburgse kunstenaar Sander van Bussel en reist sinds 2012 de wereld rond om de hele Verklaring van de Rechten van de Mens te “schrijven” in tatoeages. Alle 6773 letters, letter voor letter, één letter per persoon. Na 11 jaar dragen 5154 mensen uit 80 verschillende landen een van deze letters onder hun huid. Ze dragen deze tatoeage als een conversatiestarter of om jezelf permanent te herinneren aan je idealen en om verbonden te zijn met duizenden anderen over de hele wereld die opkomen voor mensenrechten. Elke tatoeage is gedocumenteerd met een foto, naam en persoonlijke reden achter de tatoeage. De gemeenschap is een zeer diverse groep, waaronder CEO’s, rechters, sekswerkers, politici, journalisten, vuilnismannen, leraren en maatschappelijk werkers. Van de sloppenwijken van India tot de staten van Manhattan, van de Russische queer gemeenschap tot radicale feministen in Marokko. Het project heeft de komende jaren nog 1619 letters te tatoeëren. De lijst met geïnteresseerden voor een tattoo bevat ondertussen meer dan 10 duizend mensen van over de hele wereld.

About:

Mpho Tutu van Furth letter 4459, Y

Mpho Tutu van Furth is an episcopal priest, speaker, writer, theologian, artist, mother and youngest daughter of world-renowned South African archbishop and human rights activist Desmond Tutu, who fought against apartheid with Nelson Mandela (for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984). She grew up in South Africa during apartheid and went on to study in the US. She was the founding executive director of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. She continues to work for environmental justice, human rights and equal access to opportunity for all people without regard to race, class or gender. With her wife, Marceline she has established and is Executive Director of the Tutu Teach Foundation to enhance access to opportunity for women and girls. Ms. Tutu van Furth and her wife live in the Netherlands. They have four children and two grandchildren.

Mpho Tutu van Furth advocates the philosophy of Ubuntu that gives people insight into themselves and connection with others. The word literally means ‘humanity’. Ubuntu assumes that a person is only a person through other people. In other words, we are only human in relation to other people. Our humanity is interwoven and every tear in the fabric of our connectedness must be repaired for us all to become whole. It forms the basis of who we are.

Esmah lahlah, letter 4187, E

Esmah Lahlah is alderman for Existence Security, Equity and Talent Development in Tilburg on behalf of GroenLinks and also the first deputy mayor of Tilburg.

Esmah studied Child and Youth Psychology at Tilburg University. She also obtained a PhD in Law from the Tilburg Law School of the same university.

Since June 2018, Esmah has been an alderman and first deputy mayor in the Municipality of Tilburg. She holds the portfolios of Work and Labour Participation, Social Participation, Social Security, Youth and Equity, Social Base, Education and Childcare, Language and Low Literacy, Emancipation, Diversity and Inclusion. In 2021, she was named Best Local Administrator of the Netherlands.

Zaïre Krieger, letter 4452, N

Zaire Krieger (1995) has been working as a freelance journalist, poet & spoken word artist since completing her studies in International Law. Zaire co-organised the Black Lives Matter demonstration in Rotterdam, was a speaker at TEDx and translated the poem recited at Joe Biden’s inauguration, The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman.

Sander van Bussel, letter 46, R.

Initiator, and artistic director of Human Rights Tattoo. To underline the importance of Human Rights, HRT is tattooing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. All 6773 letters of it. On 6773 individuals worldwide. Since 2012 Sander has been traveling, organizing and developing this project. During the pandemic he created the Scrolls of Rights now on expo in the LocHal, Tilburg. Initiator, and artistic director Tilburg Cowboys, known for their innovative social engaged projects in public space. Lecturer Arts & Humanity at AKV Sint Joost/ Curator Kaapstad, Tilburg, festival for cityhacks.

Mundano, letter 4675, i

Mundano is a Brazilian street artist and activist whose work makes people stop and think about the issues swirling around them every day. In 2007, he began using his graffiti skills to paint “carroças,” the wooden and metal carts used by the trash collectors throughout Brazil who haul off junk and recyclables. He painted 200 carroças and in the process made these invisible superheroes visible—not only in the streets, but also in the media. Mundano’s bold, colorful street art isn’t just eye candy. His projects call attention to social, environmental and political issues, while raising chuckles from passersby. He made world news by painting aa giant mural with paint made from ashes from the burned down rain-forrests.

Ilya Vasielievich, letter 4081, C

In 2019 Ilya was a student in St Petersburg and a short video portrait was made of him and featured on the HRT website. He then wrote: I’m engaged in activism: pickets, rallies and education on the topic of feminism, MOGII + through Instagram (@ilyacyvarev) and even my appearance is a protest against patriarchy, discrimination and other evil spirits. Today we’ll show and update conversation between him and the maker of the 2019 profile Xena Maria Evers.

Xena Maria Evers. Letter 3664, N

Amsterdam based philosopher and documentary maker Xena Maria Evers (1989) uses the medium of film to show the familiar in unconventional and personal stories. Supported by her drive to learn and her tremendous curiosity, Xena makes a close connection with the people in front of her lens. She feels inspired and humbled by the openness and frankness of her subjects.

Mathijs Leeuwis, letter 1556, S

Mathijs Leeuwis has been active as a professional musician for over 14 years. For a long time, the focus was on writing and performing his own songs, but from 2014 onward his attention shifted completely to the pedal steel guitar.

Maria Kint, letter 605, P

Impact Manager to the Human Rights Tattoo Project in Tilburg. Lived and worked for 30 years in Johannesburg, South Africa (SA). Participated in the liberation struggles of SA into a democracy through the Anti-Apartheid Movement early nineteen nineties. Board member of ZAMmagazine, an online magazine for contemporary African thought, art and investigative journalism.

Tattoo Event

Human Rights Tattoo presents:

75 YEARS OF HUMAN RIGHTS

A celebration of hope and dignity

75 YEARS OF HUMAN RIGHTS

A celebration of hope and dignity.

✊🏼Grand gathering of the Human Rights Tattoo community to celebrate human rights on International Human Rights Day.

🗓️ Sunday, 10 December , 2023, 13.00 to 17.00

📍Lochal, Spoorzone, Burgemeester Brokxlaan 1000, 5041 SG Tilburg  – The Netherlands

👛: free

✊🏼Program: Interviews, talks, expo and documentaries by the Human Rights Tattoo community including Mpho Tutu, Zaire Krieger and Esmah Lahlah.

A celebration of hope and dignity

On 10 December, the internationally known art project Human Rights Tattoo will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights in Tilburg. They aim to do this with a gathering of as many people as possible from the community of 5154 people, wearing one letter of this statement as a tattoo. The Human Rights Tattoo community is thus showing -literally- that human rights are alive and kicking.

Program and theme

Keywords of this day are “hope and dignity”; key words from the declaration of human rights. At the same time asking: is there anything to celebrate? Is there anything left of the hopes for humanity with which this declaration was written in 1948? Furthermore, how to avoid becoming indifferent to all human rights violations in the world?

The community shows itself and speaks out

The afternoon’s program consists of people from the tattoo community, people who, for personal reasons, have had one of the letters from the Human Rights Declaration tattooed.  Some guests and participants from this community on this day are Mpho Tutu van Furth, priest, activist and daughter of Desmond Tutu, Esmah Lahlah (GroenLinks/PVDA), Zaire Krieger, poet and Mundano, artivist, who was in the world news a few years ago with a gigantic mural with paint made from the ashes from the Amazon Forest.

Present will be Sander van Bussel, the artist behind the project, who will exhibit his Scrolls of Rights here for the first time in the Netherlands; six huge scrolls that make the UDHR legible in tattoos. The Scrolls of Rights were previously on display in museums in China, Mexico and France.

Drawing lots for a Human Rights Tattoo

10 slots for a Human Rights Tattoo will be given away among attendees who are interested in becoming a Human Rights Ambassador.

The demand for these special tattoos is greater in the Netherlands than anywhere else in the world. However, a goal of the project is to make this community as universal as possible, rather than as Dutch as possible. The tattoos will be done on a date to be announced after December 10th.

Made possible by:

The event is made possible by the Municipality of Tilburg Mondiale Bewustwording program, Library Midden Brabant, Human Rights Tattoo Foundation and the community of HRT.

The Human Rights Tattoo project

The Human Rights Tattoo project was started by Tilburg artist Sander van Bussel and has been traveling around the world since 2012 to “write” the entire Declaration of Human Rights in tattoos. All 6773 letters, letter by letter, one letter per person. After 11 years, 5154 people from 80 different countries wear one of these letters under their skin. They wear this tattoo as a conversation starter or to permanently remind yourself of your ideals and to be connected to thousands of others around the world who are standing up for human rights. Each tattoo is documented with a photo, name and personal reason behind the tattoo. The community is an extremely diverse group including CEOs, judges, sex workers, politicians, journalists, garbage collectors, teachers, social workers. From the slums of India, to the states of Manhattan, from the Russian Queer community to radical feminists in Morocco. The project still has 1619 letters to tattoo in the coming years. Meanwhile, the list of people interested includes over 10 thousand people from all over the world.

Program: (subject to change)

doors open: 12.00

  • registration for a tattoo

block 1: 13.00

  • WELCOME:

Marcelle Hendrickx, alderman of the Tilburg Municipality

  • INTERVIEWS:

Sander van Bussel, founder and artist of Human Rights Tattoo

Zaïre Krieger, poet and spoken word artist.

Esmah Lahlah, politician for the GroenLinks/PvdA Party

  • SPOKEN WORD:

by Zaïre Krieger & Mathijs Leeuwis

  • DOCUMENTARY:

Mundano, letter 4675: I about climate ‘artivist’ Mundano in Brazil by Milene van Arendonk

Intermezzo: 14.15

  • EXPO Scrolls of Rights, by Sander van Bussel
  • Q&A; Human Rights Tattoo behind the scenes with Maria Kint
  • SCREENING: HRT documentary screenings
  • WRITE FOR RIGHTS, Amnesty International
  • PRESENTATIONS and activities by NGO’s a.o. Stedenband Tilburg Matagalpa, Contour de Twern, Fairtrade, City Shelter.
  • HUMAN RIGHTS TATTOO merchandise stand

block 2: 15.15

  • Lottery of 10 new tattoo-members among registered attendees.
  • DOCUMENTARY:

Ilya, letter 4081: C. About queer challenges in Russia by Xena Maria Evers

  • ONLINE AFTERTALK between Ilya Vasielievich (RU) and Xena Maria Evers (NL)
  • KEYNOTE:

Mpho Tutu van Furth (EN)

  • all members unite: group Photo!

Please find short bio’s of all program participants below this Dutch translation.

75 YEARS OF HUMAN RIGHTS

A celebration of hope and dignity.

✊🏼Grootse bijeenkomst van de Human Rights Tattoo gemeenschap om de mensenrechten te vieren op de Internationale Dag van de Mensenrechten.

🗓️ Zondag 10 december 2023, 13.00 tot 17.00 uur.

Tilburg

👛: gratis

✊🏼Program: Interviews, talks, expo en documentaires van de Human Rights Tattoo community waaronder Mpho Tutu, Zaïre Krieger en Esmah Lahlah.

A celebration of hope and dignity

Op 10 december viert het internationaal bekende kunstproject Human Rights Tattoo de 75e verjaardag van de mensenrechten in Tilburg. Dit doen ze met een bijeenkomst van zoveel mogelijk mensen uit de community van 5154 mensen die één letter van deze verklaring als tattoo dragen. De Human Rights Tattoo community laat hiermee -letterlijk- zien dat mensenrechten springlevend zijn.

Programma en thema

Kernwoorden van deze dag zijn “hoop en waardigheid”; kernwoorden uit de verklaring van de rechten van de mens. Maar ook: valt er iets te vieren? Is er nog iets over van de hoop voor de mensheid waarmee deze verklaring in 1948 werd geschreven? En hoe kunnen we voorkomen dat we onverschillig worden voor alle mensenrechtenschendingen in de wereld?

De community laat zich zien en spreekt zich uit

Het programma van de middag bestaat uit mensen uit de tattoo-gemeenschap, mensen die om persoonlijke redenen een van de letters uit de Mensenrechtenverklaring hebben laten tatoeëren.* Enkele gasten uit deze gemeenschap op deze dag zijn (o.v.b.) Esmah Lahlah (GroenLinks/PVDA), Mpho Tutu van Furth, priester, activist en dochter van Desmond Tutu, Zaïre Krieger en Mundano die een paar jaar geleden in het wereldnieuws was met een gigantische muurschildering met verf gemaakt van de as uit het Amazonewoud.

Ook aanwezig is Sander van Bussel, de kunstenaar achter het project, die hier voor het eerst in Nederland de Scrolls of Rights exposeert; zes enorme rollen die de UVRM leesbaar maken in tatoeages. De Scrolls of Rights waren eerder te zien in musea in China, Mexico en Frankrijk.

Loting voor een Human Rights Tattoo

10 plaatsen voor een Human Rights Tattoo worden verloot onder geïnteresseerde bezoekers.

De vraag naar deze speciale tatoeages is in Nederland groter dan waar ook ter wereld. Een doel van het project is echter om deze gemeenschap zo universeel mogelijk te maken, in plaats van zo Nederlands mogelijk. De tatoeages zullen worden gezet op een datum die na 10 december bekend wordt gemaakt.

Mede mogelijk gemaakt door:

Het evenement wordt mede mogelijk gemaakt door Gemeente Tilburg – Mondiale Bewustwording, Bibliotheek Midden-Brabant, Human Rights Tattoo Foundation en de community van HRT.

Het Human Rights Tattoo project

Het Human Rights Tattoo project is gestart door de Tilburgse kunstenaar Sander van Bussel en reist sinds 2012 de wereld rond om de hele Verklaring van de Rechten van de Mens te “schrijven” in tatoeages. Alle 6773 letters, letter voor letter, één letter per persoon. Na 11 jaar dragen 5154 mensen uit 80 verschillende landen een van deze letters onder hun huid. Ze dragen deze tatoeage als een conversatiestarter of om jezelf permanent te herinneren aan je idealen en om verbonden te zijn met duizenden anderen over de hele wereld die opkomen voor mensenrechten. Elke tatoeage is gedocumenteerd met een foto, naam en persoonlijke reden achter de tatoeage. De gemeenschap is een zeer diverse groep, waaronder CEO’s, rechters, sekswerkers, politici, journalisten, vuilnismannen, leraren en maatschappelijk werkers. Van de sloppenwijken van India tot de staten van Manhattan, van de Russische queer gemeenschap tot radicale feministen in Marokko. Het project heeft de komende jaren nog 1619 letters te tatoeëren. De lijst met geïnteresseerden voor een tattoo bevat ondertussen meer dan 10 duizend mensen van over de hele wereld.

About:

Mpho Tutu van Furth letter 4459, Y

Mpho Tutu van Furth is an episcopal priest, speaker, writer, theologian, artist, mother and youngest daughter of world-renowned South African archbishop and human rights activist Desmond Tutu, who fought against apartheid with Nelson Mandela (for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984). She grew up in South Africa during apartheid and went on to study in the US. She was the founding executive director of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. She continues to work for environmental justice, human rights and equal access to opportunity for all people without regard to race, class or gender. With her wife, Marceline she has established and is Executive Director of the Tutu Teach Foundation to enhance access to opportunity for women and girls. Ms. Tutu van Furth and her wife live in the Netherlands. They have four children and two grandchildren.

Mpho Tutu van Furth advocates the philosophy of Ubuntu that gives people insight into themselves and connection with others. The word literally means ‘humanity’. Ubuntu assumes that a person is only a person through other people. In other words, we are only human in relation to other people. Our humanity is interwoven and every tear in the fabric of our connectedness must be repaired for us all to become whole. It forms the basis of who we are.

Esmah lahlah, letter 4187, E

Esmah Lahlah is alderman for Existence Security, Equity and Talent Development in Tilburg on behalf of GroenLinks and also the first deputy mayor of Tilburg.

Esmah studied Child and Youth Psychology at Tilburg University. She also obtained a PhD in Law from the Tilburg Law School of the same university.

Since June 2018, Esmah has been an alderman and first deputy mayor in the Municipality of Tilburg. She holds the portfolios of Work and Labour Participation, Social Participation, Social Security, Youth and Equity, Social Base, Education and Childcare, Language and Low Literacy, Emancipation, Diversity and Inclusion. In 2021, she was named Best Local Administrator of the Netherlands.

Zaïre Krieger, letter 4452, N

Zaire Krieger (1995) has been working as a freelance journalist, poet & spoken word artist since completing her studies in International Law. Zaire co-organised the Black Lives Matter demonstration in Rotterdam, was a speaker at TEDx and translated the poem recited at Joe Biden’s inauguration, The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman.

Sander van Bussel, letter 46, R.

Initiator, and artistic director of Human Rights Tattoo. To underline the importance of Human Rights, HRT is tattooing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. All 6773 letters of it. On 6773 individuals worldwide. Since 2012 Sander has been traveling, organizing and developing this project. During the pandemic he created the Scrolls of Rights now on expo in the LocHal, Tilburg. Initiator, and artistic director Tilburg Cowboys, known for their innovative social engaged projects in public space. Lecturer Arts & Humanity at AKV Sint Joost/ Curator Kaapstad, Tilburg, festival for cityhacks.

Mundano, letter 4675, i

Mundano is a Brazilian street artist and activist whose work makes people stop and think about the issues swirling around them every day. In 2007, he began using his graffiti skills to paint “carroças,” the wooden and metal carts used by the trash collectors throughout Brazil who haul off junk and recyclables. He painted 200 carroças and in the process made these invisible superheroes visible—not only in the streets, but also in the media. Mundano’s bold, colorful street art isn’t just eye candy. His projects call attention to social, environmental and political issues, while raising chuckles from passersby. He made world news by painting aa giant mural with paint made from ashes from the burned down rain-forrests.

Ilya Vasielievich, letter 4081, C

In 2019 Ilya was a student in St Petersburg and a short video portrait was made of him and featured on the HRT website. He then wrote: I’m engaged in activism: pickets, rallies and education on the topic of feminism, MOGII + through Instagram (@ilyacyvarev) and even my appearance is a protest against patriarchy, discrimination and other evil spirits. Today we’ll show and update conversation between him and the maker of the 2019 profile Xena Maria Evers.

Xena Maria Evers. Letter 3664, N

Amsterdam based philosopher and documentary maker Xena Maria Evers (1989) uses the medium of film to show the familiar in unconventional and personal stories. Supported by her drive to learn and her tremendous curiosity, Xena makes a close connection with the people in front of her lens. She feels inspired and humbled by the openness and frankness of her subjects.

Mathijs Leeuwis, letter 1556, S

Mathijs Leeuwis has been active as a professional musician for over 14 years. For a long time, the focus was on writing and performing his own songs, but from 2014 onward his attention shifted completely to the pedal steel guitar.

Maria Kint, letter 605, P

Impact Manager to the Human Rights Tattoo Project in Tilburg. Lived and worked for 30 years in Johannesburg, South Africa (SA). Participated in the liberation struggles of SA into a democracy through the Anti-Apartheid Movement early nineteen nineties. Board member of ZAMmagazine, an online magazine for contemporary African thought, art and investigative journalism.