The Amnesty International Kiosk, located in cities around the world, share vital information with the public, many of who may not be aware of the situation with unlawful abductions throughout our world and how they can help. These kiosks share stories about unlawful abductions, success stories about people reunited with their families, the efforts of Amnesty International in righting these wrongs and preventing future abductions and imprisonments, and ways they can get involved to make a difference.
The problem with posting this information solely on-line is that people may not know to look online or what to look for. How many people know about Amnesty International? How many people know this organization exists? How many people know what Amnesty does for hundreds (thousands??) of people across the globe. This kiosk brings this tragic situation into the public’s eye and how Amnesty works to alleviate it.
This project was inspired from a trip I took to Italy last summer. There, I learned that the City of Rome, in collaboration with Amnesty International, flood the Roman Colosseum with lights every time someone is released from an illegal abduction. Additionally, I heard (though haven’t found confirmation) that banners with photos of released abducts are hung in the Michelangelo's Piazza, further spreading awareness of this dire situation. Learning about these efforts in Rome made an impression on me (still thinking about it 1.5 years later!). I wonder if more installations such as these can spread more awareness throughout our society.
Kiosks can be located in cities all over the world. They should be located in heavily populated open spaces so as many people will see these interactive kiosks. The kiosk has electronic feeds that update information and photos of people and families affected by this tragic (but hopefully temporary) reality.