Support from OSI provides funding for "Project: Blood/Stones," a traveling photography exhibition organized by Art Works Projects (AWP).
AWP uses design and the arts to raise awareness of and educate the public about significant human rights and environmental issues. AWP provides visual advocacy tools which produce action on human rights crises at the grassroots, media, and policy levels.
"Project: Blood/Stones" is designed to bring public, political, and mainstream media attention to the widespread human rights abuses faced by Burmese citizens affected by ruby mining and ruby production. This project will draw new audiences to the humanitarian crisis in Burma through an exhibition of photographs by renowned photojournalist Christian Holst, artifacts, and case studies of "conflict rubies" and Burma's illicit mining industry. Through visual advocacy tools, the viewer will be transitioned from the ruby issue to the broader concerns of anti-democratic action, state violence against minority groups, and environmental destruction.
The exhibit will be distributed nationwide in US libraries and national history museums. A special multi-city launch will be held in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. The project will direct new audiences to OSI grantees including Human Rights Watch, Genocide Intervention Network, and US Campaign for Burma. This project will heighten media coverage and advocacy on Burma issues in the critical months leading up to the Burmese regime's planned elections that will further entrench both their rule and international legitimacy.