First point, last Summer, Unesco organized and supported the photo exhibition by the Permanent Delegation of the Russian Federation to present the work of Mr Alexander Khimushin, Russian photographer. This week, the visitors are welcome to visit it at Russian House in Brussels.
This exhibition celebrated the rich diversity of the world’s Indigenous Peoples, their unique knowledge systems and understanding of the world, and their languages, cultures, traditions and histories. The majority of the world’s approximately 7000 languages is used by Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous language users are adversely affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as it concerns access to health care, education, accurate information services and access to digital content, as these tools are often not provided in Indigenous languages.
In accordance with the rights enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), UNESCO supports Indigenous Peoples’ rights to:
- Live in freedom, peace and security;
- Establish and control their educational systems and institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning;
- Revitalize, use, develop and transmit to future generations their histories, languages, oral traditions, philosophies, writing systems and literatures, and to designate and retain their own names for communities, places and persons;
- The dignity and diversity of their cultures, traditions, histories and aspirations which shall be appropriately reflected in education and public information.
In many time, the Russian photographer is awarded by international prizes. Alexander Khimushin is born in Siberia of Russian Federation. The World In Faces” photo project visits remote communities of Indigenous Peoples around the world like a a documentary film, he told a story. Documenting and sharing their traditions, languages and cultures to the world through photography is Alexander’s passion. The series has been featured in the media in more than 70 countries, such as in National Geographic, Condé Nast, GEO, Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, Der Spiegel, CNN, Arab News, Xinhua and RT.
In 2018, Alexander, by invitation of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, created an artwork for the #StandUpForHumanRights campaign celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights. “The World In Faces” photo exhibition was also hosted at the UN Headquarters in New York in 2019 in the framework of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, during the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, celebrating Indigenous Peoples and their languages. This year, the United Nations hosts the “World In Faces” virtual photo exhibition on the UN website.