in Frieze | 06 MAY 20

Art & Activism: Human Rights Watch and Frieze present Ai Weiwei and Shirin Neshat

Frieze partners with one of the world's most impactful organizations to raise essential funds

in Frieze | 06 MAY 20

This year Frieze New York is partnering with one of the world’s most impactful organization: Human Rights Watch. We’re delighted to be working with them since their mission is now more important than ever.

As part of the partnership, we are co-presenting two very special discussions about art and activism.

Firstly, Ai Weiwei is in conversation with Ken Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch and secondly Shirin Neshat with curator Ed Schad.

Ai Weiwei and Ken Roth's talk will be shown on from 10am EST on Thursday 7 May while Shirin Neshat and Ed Schad's talk will follow on Tuesday 12 May from 10am EST.

Also, as part of Frieze Viewing Room’s Frieze New York 2020 Edition, we have a number of works that are generously being sold by participating galleries Rhona Hoffman, Lelong Galleries, Gagosian Gallery and Peres Gallery to support the essential work of Human Rights Watch. You can register for the Viewing Room here.

Why Human Rights Watch needs your support
‘The current pandemic has demonstrated that our own health and our own rights are only as strong as those of the person standing next to us. In these ways, COVID-19’s rapid spread reminds us of our global connectedness and shared responsibility for each other. Now more than ever, we must collectively demand equal access to healthcare, adequate information from our governments, and the right to be treated with dignity. With your help, we are joining together to lift up the rights of everyone in our communities and around the world.  With this partnership we seek to raise funds for Human Rights Watch’s work on COVID-19 in detention facilities, work on migrants and women’s rights. Your support for this would be tremendously impactful. Thank you.’ Paul Gray, Board Member, Human Rights Watch

Special thanks to Paul and De Gray, Rassa Montaser, Rhona Hoffman, Lelong Galleries, Gagosian Gallery and Peres Gallery.

You can find out more about donating to Human Rights Watch here and if you would like to join the conversation, explore the connectivity between art and activism, and support Human Rights Watch's Art & Activism Project, please contact Miriam Mahlow at