Op 16 mei start AntwerpArtWeekend met een expositie rond censuur in zaal Platform.
Een concert met Gregory Frateur (Dezmona) is gepland om 20u.
Een artist's talk met Mekhitar Garabendian en Maryam Najd is voorzien op 17 mei om 16u.
Participating artists: Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven (BE), Danny De Vos (BE), Christine Clinckx (BE), Charif Benhelima (BE/ MR), Mekhitar Garabedian (SY), Maryam Najd (IR).
"Kontrapunt is a project which accumulates a discussion about the issues that are not efficiently and widely used and recognized in every society.
As we know there are many societies that cannot agree with the freedom of expression but here in Belgium and generally in Europe we have a better situation than the rest of the world. I would like to take a benefit of this position by organizing an exhibition, which shows to the public, the power of art in opposition to censorship and control. Freedom of expression is essential to the Arts. It needs to be actively sustained at the heart of the artistic practice and mission, or it risks being undermined and diminished by the conflict of interests. Throughout history works of art have been altered, silenced and even erased due to unacceptable content, whether the motivations for censorship were religious, social or political. Yet artists have long pushed boundaries of “offensive” through their imagery and content, presenting everything... Therefore, for the second edition of Kontrapunt, I would like to display the Artworks that ‘could be’ prohibited or banned not necessarily in Europe but other parts of the world.” (M.Najd)