ART, SCIENCE AND PEOPLE FOR DIVERSITY
A Koen Vanmechelen Foundation
MOUTH stands for Museum of Understanding, Trust and Humanity. It is a not-for-profit organization that brings together art, science and people for the realisation of a new, more constructive social and ecological balance.
The work of Belgium artist Koen Vanmechelen is the transformational motor in what we do. His work with science and communities expands the concept of art far outside the galleries and museums.
Our ideas are rooted in the value of biocultural diversity, resilience and circular development. Our projects connect people worldwide to realise its practical applications.
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Human Rights Pavilion
The Human Rights Pavilion is an evolving artwork by renowned Belgium artist Koen Vanmechelen, initiated in the context of the 58th Biennial of Venice, May you live in Interesting Times, in collaboration with Global Campus of Human Rights, Fondazione Berengo and the MOUTH Foundation.
With the Human Rights Pavilion, Vanmechelen explores the complexities of human nature, the possibility of a universal concept of human rights and the role of art in its development. He presents nature as a human right and contemplates its safeguarding in the Anthropocene, the era in which the human impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems reaches critical proportions.
The Human Rights Pavilion comes together through a growing network of Cosmocafes, organized at different locations around the world.
For each Cosmocafe, we seek out different international partners that believe in the interplay of arts and human rights. More specifically, we organize Cosmocafes linked to exhibitions and lectures of Koen Vanmechelen, cafes coinciding with the presentation of the UN Global report on children deprived of liberty and at important art locations and events around the world. Local partners help include a rich and diverse spectrum of people and disciplines and bring visibility and traction to its realization.