SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER is an exhibition of powerful portraits of human rights defenders from around the world, taken by Eddie Adams, the renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and recipient of over 500 awards in photography. The exhibition began its tour in at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and travels nationally and internationally to venues including: The Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville; The National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis; The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City; The Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport, The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Woodstock, NY ; The Art Municipality of Athens, Museo de Arte de Rico; Sala Alcala 31, Madrid; Fiesta Dell’Umanita, Genoa; Doha (Qatar), The Corniche; Hotel de Ville, Paris; Gothenburg and Malmo train stations, Sweden; Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia ; Gallery Rapperswil, Switzerland; 12 cities in Italy and more.
The exhibition examines issues of human rights around the world, from nuclear disarmament to children in war, from environmental activism to religious self-determination and sexual slavery. A series of large contemporary prints of dramatic portraits featuring Vaclav Havel, Baltasar Garzon, Jaime Prieto Mendez, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Jose Zalaquett, The Dalai Lama, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Patria Jimenez, Juan Mendez, Helen Prejean, Marian Wright Edelman, and Desmond Tutu, among others, form the principal content of the show.
Additional contextual layers are provided through the wall text employing quotations and text excerpts from the individuals interviewed by Kerry Kennedy. Lectures, panel discussions, and other educational events have been coordinated as the exhibition travels.