Celebrating International Albinism Awareness Day with Exhibitions in Rotterdam

June 13, 2024, marks the 10th anniversary of International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD), a day dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of albinism and the challenges faced by individuals with this condition worldwide. This official day, established by the United Nations, aims to increase awareness and promote understanding of this genetic condition that results in a lack of pigment in the eyes, skin, and hair, often accompanied by visual impairment.

To commemorate this significant day, two special exhibitions are on display in Rotterdam. At Schouwburgplein, an impressive outdoor exhibition features large portraits of individuals with albinism, photographed by regional talents. Additionally, at Erasmus MC, an exhibition showcases works by artists inspired by albinism. Both exhibitions are open to the public from June 12 to July 5, 2024. We encourage you to come and admire these exhibitions.

The festive opening of the exhibitions will take place on June 13, 2024 at Erasmus MC. The program will be inaugurated by Xueli Abbing and Kathleen Ferrier of UNESCO. During the celebration, attention will be given to both the physical and social aspects of albinism. Experts, including a dermatologist and a clinical geneticist/ophthalmologist, will provide insights into the physical challenges associated with albinism.

Albinism is a condition still surrounded by many misconceptions and discrimination. People with albinism face prejudice and exclusion, and in some countries, they are at significant risk. With these exhibitions and the accompanying celebration, we aim to dispel these myths and create awareness about the real challenges and lives of people with albinism.

The celebration of IAAD is made possible by the support of the City of Rotterdam, Erasmus Medical Center, UNESCO, Galerie 158, Radar Group, and Colorwood.

Let us come together to raise awareness for albinism and contribute to a world where everyone is treated equally.

For more information or to request interviews, participate in radio or TV programs, or obtain images of the exhibition, please contact us at info@openeyesfoundation.nl or call 0622496114.

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