Book Launch & Discussion: Art and Justice: The Art of the Constitutional Court of South Africa

January 26, 2009

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Two years ago, the Institute presented a special discussion with Albie Sachs, South Africa Constitutional Court Justice, including a virtual tour of the award-winning Constitutional Court building. This year, the Institute is proud to host a return engagement with Justice Sachs to celebrate the publication of a new book about the Court's art collection.

Art and Justice: The Art of the Constitutional Court of South Africa pays tribute to a uniquely successful fusion of art and justice in a building that has achieved international renown for its warm and democratic quality. The Constitutional Court, the most important new building of South Africa's peaceful transition from apartheid to democracy, is built on the site of a notorious prison that once held Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Art and architecture are fused in the Court in an inspiring and innovative way, informing visitors that they are in a place where the constitutional principles of human dignity, equality and freedom reign. Ben Law-Viljoen's brilliant photography and Ellen Papciak-Rose's vibrant and intuitive design are combined with incisive texts by the creators of the building in a book of rare visual emotion and imbued with profound respect for human rights. The book will be released in January 2009 by David Krut Publishing, and features a preface by US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

This special book launch discussion will be Justice Sachs' premiere stop in Chicago during a national book tour across North America. Justice Albie Sachs is joined in a discussion with Dr. Bronwyn Law-Viljoen, Managing Editor of David Krut Publishing.

Recorded Monday, January 26, 2009 at Film Row Cinema