The artist will be present at Lo Steri during opening times for three days in a live drawing event. The public will be able to watch him work, interact with him and ask him questions while he works at his drawing desk as he does every day.
Inspired by the only novel by Elias Canetti - Nobel Prizewinner in 1981 - the performance will create two works of art: one is physical, and consists of the ongoing exhibition created during the three days of drawing, and it will remain on display after the three-day event. The drawings will primarily be portraits of the prisoners of conscience whom Costantini follows on a daily basis in his campaigns, which are either autonomous or in collaboration with associations, families and institutions. The artist was actually deeply moved by the Palazzo itself, the work of Giuseppe Pitrè and the words of Leonardo Sciascia; with the curator of the event he conceived a project whose starting point was a place repressed, rediscovered and loaded with suffering, in order to speak of the present. Continue
Galal El-Behairy is an Egyptian poet, lyricist, and activist. Throughout his career, Galal has employed his artistic voice as a nonviolent means of reimagining the future in a time of political tumult. Through his work he has brought up sensitive issues about women’s rights, free expression and the efforts of Egyptian citizens to determine their form of government. He is the author of books Chairs Factory (Masna’a El Karasy) published in 2015 and Colorful Prison (Segn Bel Alwan), 2017. He has written many lyrics for the singer Ramy Essam, among them one of his biggest hits Segn Bel Alwan. Most recently he collaborated on the song Balaha and was planning to publish a book of poetry, both of which caused him to be detained, tortured, and imprisoned unjustly for several months awaiting a court indictment. Galal’s poetry is an inspiring representation of the energy and hope of Egyptian citizens and activists in the past decade, from the chants of protesters challenging authoritarian regimes to the lyrics of songs performed during the Arab Spring in 2011 and after. It is also a cautionary tale of the risks artists take within a state that constantly attempts to repress dissenting voices through censorship and imprisonment.
Help get Wang Quanzhang home to his family
FIVE YEAR OLD QUANQUAN THINKS HIS DAD IS A HERO. BUT HE HASN'T SEEN HIM IN ALMOST THREE YEARS BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN DETAINED BY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT.
Wang Quanzhang is a human rights lawyer from China who has spent years defending the rights of others - and risking his safety to do it. One day, almost three years ago, he was taken by the Chinese authorities and his family does not know for sure where he is or even if he is alive...
But Quanquan and his mother, Li Wenzu, are trying to save Wang Quanzhang and get him home safely. To mark 1000 days since her husband went missing, Li Wenzu began a 100km march from Beijing to Tianjin where she thinks he might be. Though Li Wenzu was stopped by the authorities, she thinks that the only reason she hasn't suffered from further harassment is because the world is watching.
The Chinese government needs to drop the charges against Wang Quanzhang, and let him go home to his family immediately.
Nasrin Sotoudeh (also spelled Sotoodeh; Persian: نسرین ستوده) is a human rights lawyer in Iran. She has represented imprisoned Iranian opposition activists and politicians following the disputed June 2009 Iranian presidential elections as well as prisoners sentenced to death for crimes committed when they were minors. Her clients have included journalist Isa Saharkhiz, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, and Heshmat Tabarzadi, the head of the banned opposition group Democratic Front of Iran.
Sotoudeh was arrested in September 2010 on charges of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security and was imprisoned in solitary confinement in Evin Prison. In January 2011, Iranian authorities sentenced Sotoudeh to 11 years in prison, in addition to barring her from practicing law and from leaving the country for 20 years. An appeals court later reduced Sotoudeh's prison sentence to six years, and her ban from working as a lawyer to ten years.
Khalil al-Halwachi is a 57-year-old Bahraini scholar, former political activist held in the kingdom’s Jau Prison. He was convicted in an unfair, politically motivated trial and has been subjected to ill treatment, including denial of medical care, by detaining authorities.
Ibrahim Metwaly Hegazy is an Egyptian lawyer and human rights activist and a member of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms.In September 2017, Metwaly was detained by the Egyptian security services. He had been investigating the death in Egypt of the Italian student Giulio Regeni.
His detention was criticised by the governments of the UK, Canada, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.
Zehra Doğan is a Kurdish artist and journalist from Diyarbakir in Turkey. She is the editor of Jinha, a feminist Kurdish news agency with an all female staff. She was jailed for a painting of the destruction of the city of Nusaybin in 2017, and in 2018, the street artist Banksy created a mural of her in New York.
In 2015 Doğan was the recipient of the Metin Göktepe Journalism Award, named after the journalist who died in police custody in Turkey in 1996. The award was for Zehra Doğan's work about Yazidi women escaping from ISIS captivity.
From February 2016 Doğan had been living and reporting from Nusaybin, a Turkish city on the Syrian border. On 21 July 2016 she was arrested at a café in Nusaybin. On 2 March 2017, she was acquitted of the charge of belonging to an illegal organisation, but was given 2 years, 9 months and 22 days in jail for posting a painting to social media.
“I was given two years and 10 months [jail time] only because I painted Turkish flags on destroyed buildings. However, they [Turkish government] caused this. I only painted it,” Doğan said on Twitter following the sentencing.
In prison, she and other women created the newspaper Özgür Gündem Zindan (Free Agenda Dungeon), whose name is a play on Özgür Gündem (Free Agenda), an Istanbul-based publication that catered to Kurdish audiences.
Her publication, Jinha, was shut down on 29 October 2016 by Turkish authorities, one of over 100 media outlets shut down since the failed military coup in July 2016.
In November 2017, Chinese dissident artist Ai WeiWei published a letter he wrote in solidarity with Doğan's case, drawing parallels between Chinese and Turkish repression of artistic expression.
On 16 March 2018, England-based graffiti artist, Banksy unveiled a mural in New York showing black tally marks for the days of Doğan's imprisonment, with one set becoming bars behind which Doğan's face looks out from jail.
Mohammad Ali Taheri (Persian: محمد علی طاهری) is an Iranian researcher on alternative medicine. He was born in Kermanshah, Iran in 1956. He has introduced an Iranian mysticism called Erfan Keyhani (Halgheh),which also known as a pseudoscience mysticism by science society. Also in the book that writen by himself, he provide's ways of healing diseases by some sort of energy waves and other non scientific procedures, which can block or reduce scientificall treatment process. He composed of two alternative and complementary medicines, Faradarmani and Psymentology.
Taheri was arrested in 2010 on charges of "acting against national security". He was released after being held in solitary confinement for 67 days. On May 4, 2011, he was arrested again. Taheri has been imprisoned and under interrogation in Evin Prison since May 2011.
On October 30, 2011, after three court sessions, Branch 26 of Tehran Islamic Revolutionary Court sentenced him to five years in prison for blasphemy, 74 lashes for touching the wrists of female patients, and 900 million Toman in fines (approximately $300,000) for "interfering in medical science, earning illegitimate funds, and distribution of audio-visual products and use of academic titles".
In August 2015 Taheri was sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court on charges of Fesad fel Arz (corruption on earth) and establishing a “diversionary cult”. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein expressed alarm at the imposition of the death penalty on Mohammad Ali Taheri. His lawyer said on 21 January 2018 that, “My client was brought to court but because the court refused to recognize me as his lawyer, he announced that he would not participate in the trial. In the end, the trial was not held”.
The process of administrative detention represents the most severe action that an occupying state can utilize against a protected populace under the Fourth Geneva Convention. Jarrar is detained for a year without a trial.
Mumia Abu-Jamal (born Wesley Cook; April 24, 1954) is a political activist and journalist who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1982 for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. After numerous appeals, his sentence was commuted in 2011 to life imprisonment without parole.
A supporter of the MOVE Organization, Abu-Jamal was also a member of the Black Panther Party until October 1970 but left the party and became a radio reporter, eventually becoming president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.
Some activists and human rights groups have criticized the quality of Abu-Jamal's trial; some have claimed that he is innocent, and many opposed his death sentence.The Faulkner family, public authorities, police organizations, and conservative groups have maintained that Abu-Jamal's trial was fair, his guilt undeniable, and his death sentence appropriate. He was described in 2001 as "perhaps the world's best known death-row inmate" by The New York Times. During his imprisonment Abu-Jamal has published books and commentaries on social and political issues, including Live from Death Row (1995).
On 7 February 2018, the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh upheld the conviction and 30 month prison sentence imposed on human rights defender Tep Vanny, which she is currently serving for “intentional violence with aggravating circumstances.” So far, the defender has served 18 months of the sentence.
On 8 August 2017, a Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh upheld the conviction and sentencing of human rights defender Tep Vanny, who is currently serving a two and a half year prison sentence for “intentional violence with aggravating circumstances”.
On 27 March 2017, activists Sar Sorn and Nat Sreynak were arrested and questioned for more than 10 hours for conducting a small “Black Monday” protest calling for the release of Tep Vanny and “The 5” (Lim Mony, Ny Sokha, Nay Vanda, Yi Soksan and Ny Chakrya). They were let go in the evening.
On 23 February 2017, Tep Vanny was convicted and sentenced to two and a half years in prison by Phnom Penh Municipal Court for ‘intentional violence with aggravating circumstances’. Continue
- He was sentenced to 5 Years for tweets about abuses in prisons & the Saudi-led war in Yemen: https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2018/02/21/world/middleeast/nabeel-rajab-bahrain-twitter.amp.html
- Currently serving 7 YRs prison sentence on 2 cases