The journal of the Center for Documentary Arts, a nonprofit initiative to bear witness to suffering and promote the common good through the arts. At the crossroads of art, ethics, faith, and social justice, the Center brings together makers and thinkers whose work advances beauty, compassion, collaboration, dignity, and mercy.

02 January 2012

Alberto Cairo: "Dignity Cannot Wait"

A TED talk by Alberto Cairo, whose clinic in Kabul has provided artificial limbs for Afghan citizens since 1990.  Cairo's message is not just of physical rehabilitation, but of human pride and the healing power of self-worth. Delivered in Geneva in November 2011 as part of TEDxRC2; the RC stands for Red Cross and Red Crescent.





Something beyond the void

In his book  Pictures and Tears , James Elkins describes the charged silence that fills the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. The space ...