Amnesty Still Making The Invisible Visible

Amnesty International has commissioned a new series of art installations in the Making the Invisible Visible campaign, highlighting the plight of six individuals from across the world who have suffered human rights abuses. “Making the invisible visible” is a unique collaboration with German street art collective Mentalgassi and creative team Lisa Jelliffe and Kirsten Rutherford from Wieden + Kennedy. The installations use special lenticular fence posters. Launched in London last year to highlight the case of Troy Davis, this year the street art campaign can be seen in 26 locations across 6 European cities.

Amnesty Fence Cardiff

Amnesty Kottbusser Bridge sign

Each installation depicts a close up of an individual’s face. The image is invisible from front on, only becoming visible to those approaching the fence. A plaque on each site alerts passers-by to an Amnesty International website where they can take action in support of each of the individuals featured. The installations have appeared in sites across Denmark, Germany, Ireland and Wales. The cases featured are all part of Amnesty International’s Write for Rights initiative which will see hundreds of thousands of people send messages of support to those around the world that have suffered human rights abuses.

Click on the image below to play the case study video.

Amnesty Kottbusser Bridge sign

Amnesty Kottbusser Bridge

Amnesty Fence Cardiff artist

Amnesty Fence Cardiff Natalia Estemirova

Natalia Estemirova. A Russian human rights activist who was abducted and killed by armed men on 15 July 2009 in Grozny, Chechnya. There are still no reliable signs that those involved in the murder, including those who might have ordered it, will be brought to justice.

Amnesty Fence Cardiff Filep Karma

Filep Karma, who is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence in Indonesia for taking part in an annual ceremony where a Papuan independence flag was raised. He was one of 200 people who took part in the peaceful ceremony on 1 December 2004.

Amnesty Fence Cardiff Jabbar Savalan

Jabbar Savalan, a history student in Azerbaijan, who is serving a two and a half year prison sentence for his peaceful anti-government activism, including comments he posted on Facebook.

Amnesty Fence Cardiff Fatima Hussein Badi

Fatima Hussein Badi faces the death penalty in Yemen following an unfair trial in which her brother, Abdullah Badi, was also sentenced to death. Abdullah was executed in 2005.

Halil Savda, a human rights campaigner in Turkey, who faces continued risk of imprisonment for freely expressing support for conscientious objectors.

Jean-Claude Roger Mbede , 31-year-old student who is serving a three year prison sentence in Cameroon for “homosexuality and attempted homosexuality”, both of which are criminalised. He is at risk of homophobic attacks and ill-treatment in prison.


The Making the Invisible Visible campaign was developed by Kirsten Rutherford and Lisa Jelliffe at Wieden+Kennedy, London, in association with Camilla Kinchin, project manager at Art for Amnesty, and Mentalgassi, Berlin.