Taman Sri Nibong RA Log

December 6, 2018

Creative Defiance : Graphic Design for Social Change

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Creative Defiance: Graphic Design for Social Change

When we think of graphic design, it’s advertising, branding, commercials, corporations. But one man – the “guerrilla of graphic design” – uses his craft to challenge our perceptions and make us stop, look and think. Chaz Maviyane-Davies is designer, filmmaker, educator, activist – provoking through his art and re-envisioning the issues of our times.

Join him in his public lecture, Creative Defiance: Graphic Design for Social Change – part of Penang Institute’s People Empowerment Programme. Come and be inspired by Maviyane-Davies’s work and words as he walks us through the power of design as an enabler of change.

With an introduction by Dato’ Dr Anwar Fazal.


Date: December 12, Wednesday

Time: 8.00 pm-9.30 pm

Venue: Conference Hall, Penang Institute


About the speaker:

Chaz Maviyane-Davies

For over four decades, Chaz Maviyane-Davies has marshalled the power of design to enable effective communication for social change, taking on issues of consumerism, health, nutrition, social responsibility, the environment and human rights.

He achieved an MA in Graphic Design (with distinction) from the Central School of Art and Design in London, and an Advanced Diploma in Postgraduate Film-making from the Central St. Martins School of Art and Design London. He spent a year in Japan studying three-dimensional design and ten months in Malaysia working on various world-reaching design projects for the International Organization of Consumers Unions and JUST World Trust.

From 1983 until 2000 he ran a highly acclaimed design studio in Harare, Zimbabwe – The Maviyane-Project. The social and humane nature of his work was often confrontational and challenging to the authorities, so it was not surprising that in 2001, with the adverse political climate at the time, he felt compelled to leave his homeland for a post at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. He taught at there until 2016, where he is now Professor Emeritus of Design.

His work has appeared in scores of international magazines and newspapers and he has been acknowledged in many publications. His work is also included in permanent collections in various galleries around the world and has been seen at over 200 extensive individual and group exhibitions. He has been represented in most of the largest international graphic, invitational and poster exhibitions from 1980 to the present time and he has been a judge on many international exhibitions and competitions.

This is a free event. Please register to obtain a ticket.

Register here

UN International Human Rights Day on 10 December 2018

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UN International Human Rights Day 2018 (Link)


“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home — so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. […] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

What are human rights ? (Link)


Human Rights Day commemorates the day the General Assembly of the UN adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The UDHR is one of UN’s major achievements as well as the first enunciation of human rights across the world.

Adopted on 10th December 1948, the Declaration stipulates universal values and a shared standard of achievement for everyone in every country. While the Declaration is not a binding document, it inspired over 60 human rights instruments that today make a common standard of human rights. It is the most translated document around the globe – available in over 500 languages.

The 2018 commemoration of Human Rights Day will mark the beginning of a year-long celebration of 70 years since the international community adopted the Declaration. We celebrate all our inalienable rights and freedoms including a right to education, a decent living, health care and a right to live free from any form of discrimination among others.

Despite the efforts to protect human rights, the hostility toward human rights and those who defend them continues to rise. As a result, this year’s Human Rights Day advocates for everyone to stand up for their rights and those of others – civil, economic, political and cultural rights. Additionally, the day aims to enlighten us about how our rights are a foundation of sustainable development and peaceful societies. The day also acknowledges the advocates and defenders of human rights around the world.


9 Core International

Human Rights Instruments

and their monitoring bodies (Link)


ICERD (Link)

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