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Spirit of Freedom - Tiananmen Square to Berlin Wall PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 April 2014
Visual Artists Guild
presents

Spirit of Freedom

at the

Almansor Court
Tiananmen Square to The Berlin Wall
25th Anniversary
Commemoration & Celebration

Please join us in
A Special Event to Commemorate the Tiananmen Massacre and
to Celebrate the Fall of the Berlin Wall

In the spring of 1989, Beijing erupted with the largest spontaneous demonstrations the Peoples’ Republic of China had witnessed in its 40-year history.  The pro-democracy movement quickly spread to over 30 cities around China before the world witnessed the horrors of the government’s brutal crackdown.  As the Chinese people fled from the tanks and guns, they asked the international press to let the world know the truth.
They asked the world not to forget. 
 
The iron curtain divided Europe for more than 40 years and "the Berlin Wall" surrounded East Berlin for more than 28 years.  In 1989, Poland, Hungary, East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Romania collapsed under its own repressive weight.  The fall of the Berlin Wall became the symbol of the Miracle Year of 1989. 
  

Date:

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Time:         

Reception and Registration  11:00 a.m.
Exhibition :
Lunch 1 pm
Program begins promptly at 2 pm 

Place:          

Almansor Court Banquet and Conference Center
700 S. Almansor St., Alhambra, Ca 91801 626-570-4600

Cost:

Ticket: $40 advanced purchase, limited ticket available at door for $50 
Donor tickets: $50, $75, $100  (click 'read more' for more options)

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For information please see below (click read more),  call 310-433-0697 or e-mail to alau@visual-artists-guild.org

 
Art & Democracy V - 2014 Call for Artists PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
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ART AND DEMOCRACY V
2014 C
ALL FOR ARTISTS
 
 
 
 

What:

Art & Democracy V is the fifth art exhibition with the theme of art and democracy; this year it is returning to Greater Los Angeles after its successful 3 months run in New York City five years ago. Visual Artists Guild and curator Diana Wong welcome artworks that address issues concerning: social justice, immigrant rights, freedom, global climate change, democratic struggles and civil liberties for their ART & DEMOCRACY V exhibit to be held on May 20th to June 28th 2014 at the Building Bridges Art Foundation gallery in Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California.


Why:

The Art Exhibition hopes to keep alive the dialogue of “Freedom” and to highlight the 25th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre and the fall of the Berlin Wall. With this exhibit, Visual Artists Guild hopes to create a space for the world to celebrate human rights, freedom of expression and civil liberties. Special events include live entertainment, panel discussions, artist meet-and-greets and public participation on a communal art project.


How:

Interested artists are invited to submit artwork by sending images in the form of .jpgs, web links or .pdf documents. Interested artists are required to fill the attached application and are encouraged to submit a bio, resume and links to a portfolio. All media will be considered. Please e-mail all items to committee chair and assistant curator Selene V.T. at: contact@visual-artists-guild.org


Deadline:

All items (application, images, bio, resume, portfolio) must reach the committee no later than April 15th 2014. All artwork sent for consideration must be work that represents the exhibit theme of ART & DEMOCRACY. Please include a brief description of the artwork, along with medium and dimensions.


Successful applicants will be notified by May 1st 2014, and will be provided a contract that details terms and conditions. Successful applicants will be encouraged to attend all events and the opening ceremony held on May 24th 2014.

 

Artists Application Form (Click on "Read More" Below)  


About Visual Artists Guild

Visual Artists Guild is a non-profit organization that champions the right of freedom of speech and expression. Established in May 1985, it holds the belief that the right of freedom of expression is the lifeblood of all artists. Its mission is to bring to world attention whenever such a right is threatened or suppressed.

 
The de Facto Murder of Cao Shunli PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 16 March 2014

Visual Artists Guild condemns the de facto murder of Cao Shunli 曹順利 by authorities in Beijing in refusing medical treatment to Ms. Cao for months while she was suffering from tuberculosis, kidney disease and other ailments during her detention.  It was only after she fell into a coma on February 19, 2014 that Ms. Cao was transported to a hospital at which time a doctor told a friend of Ms. Cao that she had only days to live.  Ms. Cao subsequently died on March 14, 2014.

In June of 2013, Ms. Cao, a former government employee, participated in a sit-in outside the Foreign Ministry to petition for public input in China's national human rights report as well as the UN's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on human rights.  It is an irony that China, one of the worst human rights violators of the world, is a member of the UN Human Rights Council. 

Ms. Cao has been active on human rights issues since 2008 and had previously been imprisoned twice for her activism.         

On September 14, 2013, Ms. Cao was taken away as she boarded a flight to Geneva for an UN Human Rights training program and disappeared.

In October, 2013, Ms Cao was formally accused of  "provoking quarrels and stirring trouble".

Visual Artists Guild mourns the death of a human being who paid the ultimate price for the cause of human rights in China.

Visual Artists Guild calls on US Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, to demand China to provide a full accounting of Ms. Cao's death and to bring those involved to justice. 

We further ask Ambassador Samantha Power to instruct Acting U.S. Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Ambassador Peter F. Mulrean, to honor Ms. Cao by including Ms. Cao's case in the UN UPR report. 
  
Ann Lau
Chair, Visual Artists Guild

 
Brutal Attack on Hong Kong Journalist PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 February 2014

Visual Artists Guild condemns the brutal attack on Kevin Lau Chun-to, Hong Kong Ming Pao Daily's former editor-in-chief. Mr. Lau was hacked with a cleaver six times during broad daylight on February 26 by an assailant who escaped with an accomplice on a motorcycle near where Mr. Lau lives.

Mr. Lau has led Ming Pao, a well respected centrist newspaper for years but was replaced in January. Just the Sunday prior to the attack on Mr. Lau, 6000 people protested in Hong Kong for its deteriorating press freedom.

Since President Xi Jinping came into power in China, both China and Hong Kong has experienced increasing alarming press censorship, repression of journalists and economic boycotts by advertisers on newspapers which failed to follow China's government line.

In 2012 Mr. Lau investigated the suspicious death of Li Wangyang, a labor activist who was imprisoned for 22 years since the 1989 pro-democracy movement in China. Authorities in China claimed that Li committed suicide by hanging while Ming Pao provided evidence that Mr. Li was in such a weak physical state that he was incapable of even hauling himself up to commit suicide.

Last year, Mr. Lau participated in an investigation with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists exposing China's top leaders' family offshore wealth. Included in the report is the brother-in-law of President Xi Jinping, the son and son-in-law of former Premier Wen Jiabao, the daughter of former Premier Li Peng, the son-in-law of Deng Xiaoping and many others.

It is suspected that the Communist Party of China ordered such attack as a warning to others and to create an atmosphere of fear in the community.

Visual Artists Guild calls on Hong Kong's chief executive, Leung Chunying to bring those who are involved in the planning and execution of such violent act to justice even if it leads up to China. Hong Kong should not allow these kind of attacks on journalists to mar Hong Kong's status as a free society.

Ann Lau
Chair, Visual Artists Guild

 
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