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Clifford Chance supports ICAAD digital poetry exhibit

Dicta aims to inspire legal activism

New York: Leading international law firm Clifford Chance and the International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD) today launch an immersive virtual exhibit featuring the Dicta legal poetry series by ICAAD Artist in Residence Harbani Kaur Ahuja. The exhibit combines poetry, law and art to inspire activism in pursuit of social justice. 

Partner and lead on the firm's relationship with ICAAD Celeste Koeleveld says, "Our sponsorship on Dicta is the latest in a variety of pro bono initiatives in which Clifford Chance has supported ICAAD. We are proud to promote legal activism and heighten awareness of human rights efforts and social justice with this exhibit."

Dicta forms part of ICAAD's embrace of Artivism as a means of driving social justice at local, regional, and global levels. Artivism, a marriage of artistic expression with activism, often taps into a depth of emotion deeper than words can express and connects across physical and cultural boundaries. The exhibit has been developed in partnership with digital creative agency, y'all, and is also sponsored by Manatt, Phelps, and Philips, and Graymatters.

Dicta: Meet Harbani Kaur Ahuja

Sixteen poems are currently on display in Clifford Chance's New York office as part of the firm's ongoing commitment to supporting human rights efforts, arts and the community. Clifford Chance also produced an interview with ICAAD Artist in Residence Harbani Kaur Ahuja.

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A word from ICAAD

"In our human rights work around the world, we have seen how art can inspire positive action," said Jaspreet Singh (ICAAD co-founder). "We hope that Dicta and our future Artivism projects will inspire others to join efforts to tackle discriminatory issues and promote equality."

At the heart of Dicta is public interest lawyer and poet Harbani Kaur, ICAAD's inaugural Artist in Residence. As a writer, designer, and advocate, Harbani has focused her law practice on civil rights, immigrant rights, and public health. Her poetry is part of "Her Name is Kaur: Sikh Women Write about Love, Courage, and Faith."

With Dicta, Harbani creates found poetry in court decisions, illuminating the broader social justice themes from the black letter text. Harbani has completed 20 poems in the 40-poem series. The two themes covered so far are the Rights of Black People and Women’s Rights. The Rights of Black People series was published in the ABA Journal earlier this year. Next year, the remaining poems will be added to the exhibit on the themes of the Right to Love, Immigration, and Indigenous Rights. 

ABA Journal

ICAAD Artist in Residence Harbani Kaur Ahuja

"We as a people often view the law as a larger-than-us concept that we don't understand or find accessible, yet is widely considered the equivalent of justice," said Kaur, "My intention for Dicta is to expose the gap between the law and justice."

"We believe Dicta can educate and inspire people everywhere to better understand the timeless and ceaseless struggle for human rights and the importance of finding ways to stay engaged," said Hansdeep Singh (ICAAD co-founder).

Dicta exhibit