Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
About my work
I work with embroidery, quilting and surface-pattern design to ask questions of Queer narratives, fictions, histories and identities. I stitched Article 2 because it declares human rights belong to everybody, without discrimination due to ‘race, colour … or other status’. I suppose sexuality is the ‘other status’.
I wanted to draw attention to the lack of human rights for LGBTQI+ people across the world. It is currently illegal to be gay in 72 countries. Same-sex marriage is legal in only 26 countries, and so few places have protections for LGBTQI+ people in terms of parenting, housing, employment or access to services.
We must challenge discrimination in all forms, everywhere. The United Kingdom (where I am from) cannot claim to be a safe haven for LGBTQI+ people without supporting asylum seekers and refugees who faced discrimination and hate crime in their home countries. Without global solidarity and support, there is no pride.
- Sarah Joy-Ford
Sarah-Joy Ford is an artist and curator currently based in Leeds, England. She has studied at the University of Leeds, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, School of the Damned and Manchester School of Art. She is co-director of SEIZE projects; an artist-led organisation programming events and exhibitions in the United Kingdom. Recent exhibitions include Queen, COLLAR (Manchester); Weaving Europe: the world as mediation, Shelley Residence (Paphos); SuperTonic, Copeland Gallery (London); and Wish You Were Here, Stryx Gallery (Birmingham). She is the curator of two funded projects: The Guild: contemporary textiles, Temple Works (Leeds); and Cut Cloth: contemporary textiles and feminism, The Portico Library (Manchester). Recent public commissions include collaborative projects for The Yorkshire Year of the Textiles and Processions: a hundred years of suffrage. She is the recipient of the AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership Award for her PhD studentship. Her new project, Hard Craft, in collaboration with Juliet Fleming, has been funded by Arts Council England and will take place throughout November 2018 at Vane Gallery, Newcastle, England.