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POLITICAL STATEMENT

 
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International Group Exhibition

- Millepiani -
Rome, Italy
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• ART AS FORM OF ACTIVISM •
For the Freedom of Julian Assange
Appointment on 4th of February, 7 pm at Millepiani Gallery - Rome
The group Italiani per Assange, together with Millepiani asp Media Partner, presents a meeting on the subject of art as a form of activism capable of awakening our consciences and breaking the silence. The silence which is meant to be ripped up through the words of three committed artists is the silence that for too long has surrounded the case of the journalist and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, currently detained in a maximum security prison, simply for disclosing to Western public opinion, overwhelming evidence of war crimes and other atrocities perpetrated by US troops. The United States are now seeking Assange’s extradition on their soil where he faces a 175 years sentence.
Three artists will highlight Assange’s case from the point of view of photography, sculpture and dance and theatrical performance, respectively:
- Dutch photographer, Richard Lahuis: through his work “Valid Values'' for which he has portrayed a number of Assange’s family members, close friends and supporters, Richard explored the moral and social values that Assange’s persecution is threatening: compassion, truth, solidarity, courage, peace, justice and many others... Two of “Valid Values'' portraits will be on display from the 1st to the 8th of February at Loosenart- Political Statement, an exhibition focussing on the role of art as a tool of political commitment and struggle.
Opening: Amedeo Ciaccheri President of the Municipality VIII of Rome and Maya Vetri – Municipality VIII of Rome, Councilor - Davide Dormino: sculptor and author of “Anything to Say”?, an artwork celebrating the outstanding courage of three contemporary titans (Assange, Manning and Snowden), exhorting the audience to follow the footprints of these heroes of truth and justice and to stand up to speak the truth.
At the same time, by alluding to an execution scene, “Anything to Say?” sends us a warning about the future which will await us, if we fail to defend those who have fought for our freedom: a time of monstrous authoritarianism crushing and executing whomever dares to challenge it.
- The group Our Voice, an international collective of young artists that in 2020, drawing inspiration from Dormino’s sculpture, made a tribute video to Assange, depicting him as a modern slave from Plato’s myth of the cave, who, by breaking the truth to his companions, sets them free from the chains of a lying propaganda that colludes with power.
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