….wild is the wind…creative freedom is the seed….
From the Chairperson of Visual Artists Guild :
Visual Artists Guild is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 1989 pro-democracy movement and the fall of Berlin Wall as well as commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre with our fifth Art & Democracy art exhibition.
We are calling for artists for an exhibition at the Greater Los Angeles area Gallery. Please see details below and at www.visual-artists-guild.org
Please save the following dates:
Saturday, April 26, 2014 – Doo-Dah parade – celebration of 1989 pro-democracy movement, Pasadena, California
Saturday, May 24, 2014 – Art & Democracy V art exhibition opening reception at Gallery, Los Angeles
Sunday, May 25, 2014 – Commemoration and annual Award event, Hollywood, California
Saturday, May 31, 2014 – Liu Xia (wife of Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo) and her photography, at Gallery
Wednesday, Jun4 4, 2014 – Candlelight vigil with other human rights and pro-democracy organizations, Los Angeles
Saturday, June 7, 2014 – Artists Forum, at Gallery
Saturday, June 28, 2014 – Closing of art exhibition at Gallery
We shall not be holding any commemoration events in New York city this year. We hope to see our New York friends in Los Angeles.
Hope to see you then.
Please tell a friend.
Response from Cecilia as Kel1st and Yu 余
Dear Ann and friends from VAG,
I am so sorry it took me so long to respond to Ann’s request. As you can see, Kel1st and Yu were both occupied seperately and respectively with Apple Inc. in the USA and Accademia d’arte in Italy! So it just all took longer than we thought. (for details of March 2014 Kel1st and Yu) I am sorry if I was so forgetful. It was kind of stressful. But you know Kel1st and Yu are committed to Creative Freedom and Democracy safeguards that freedom, though imperfect, it is still the best model we have so far! 🙂
Thank you for your patience. I really appreciate the great work you are all doing for creative freedom.
I am so happy to support this exhibition! Thank you for hosting this. I am sure it will be wonderful artistically.
天道無親，常與善人。Lots of Love Cecilia
Art & Democracy V
2014 Call for Artists
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 28th2014 at the Building Bridges Art Foundation gallery in Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Artists Application Form (Click on “Read More” Below) or visit our site: www.visualartistsguild.info
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.
Background Explanation by Anne:
To clarify, this year is the 25th anniversary.
We held the 20th anniversary at the house of blues.
More video on the entire 1989 pro-democracy movement that led to the massacre by China’s government:
Just follow this video, from part 1 to part 22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVvwA_34WB8
The last event is the 25 th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre and the 25th anniversary of the collapse of Eastern Europe and the fall of Berlin Wall.
You can watch the documentary Tankman
Part I https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLRIWySEMbI
Part II https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLppfTC1hf4
Part III https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aenGVqzk4-A
Part IV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nrk31a3Q_IQ
Part V https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxmnLJr3jCs
Part VI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGLMZyIc3Yg
Part VII https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYroCbASbSc
Part VIII https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_g79ztzQrto
House of Blues is http://www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/losangeles/ At Sunset Boulevard
It is a performance and restaurant venue. Blues is a type of song and music originated from America.
Although the venue as you can see from the web site showcase all types of music.
The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) was a barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) starting on 13 August 1961, that completely cut off (by land) West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, which circumscribed a wide area (later known as the “death strip”) that contained anti-vehicle trenches, “fakir beds” and other defenses. The Eastern Bloc claimed that the wall was erected to protect its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the “will of the people” in building asocialist state in East Germany. In practice, the Wall served to prevent the massive emigration and defection that marked Germany and the communist Eastern Bloc during the post-World War II period.
The Berlin Wall was officially referred to as the “Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart” (German: Antifaschistischer Schutzwall) by GDR authorities, implying that neighbouring West Germany had not been fully de-Nazified. The West Berlin city government sometimes referred to it as the “Wall of Shame“—a term coined by mayor Willy Brandt—while condemning the Wall’s restriction on freedom of movement. Along with the separate and much longer Inner German border (IGB), which demarcated the border between East and West Germany, it came to symbolize the “Iron Curtain” that separated Western Europe and theEastern Bloc during the Cold War.
Before the Wall’s erection, 3.5 million East Germans circumvented Eastern Bloc emigration restrictions and defected from the GDR, many by crossing over the border from East Berlin into West Berlin, from where they could then travel to West Germany and other Western European countries. Between 1961 and 1989, the wall prevented almost all such emigration. During this period, around 5,000 people attempted to escape over the wall, with an estimated death toll of over 100 in and around Berlin, although that claim is disputed.
In 1989, a series of radical political changes occurred in the Eastern Bloc, associated with the liberalization of the Eastern Bloc’s authoritarian systems and the erosion of political power in the pro-Soviet governments in nearby Poland and Hungary. After several weeks of civil unrest, the East German government announced on 9 November 1989 that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of East Germans crossed and climbed onto the wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere. Over the next few weeks, a euphoric public and souvenir hunters chipped away parts of the wall; the governments later used industrial equipment to remove most of the rest. The physical Wall itself was primarily destroyed in 1990. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on 3 October 1990.
Cecilia is a Hong Kong Chinese-Australian Social Entreprneur, Artist, Directors of NGO in Africa, South Ameria, Asia and California who really really likes to "tell it how it is", having travelled to over 40 countries around the world & seen some interesting things every so often.
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good evening, my theatre company is doing a production of Vaclav Havel’s The Memorandum at the Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica. Very in keeping with the tone and spirit of your website. You or any of your readers can learn more or book tickets at http://www.santamonicarep.org. We can arrange for discounts for your readers if this is of interest to you and you have any ability to give us exposure on your website. Thank you.
Santa Monica Rep
Thanks for the reminder. I am just passing along a message from the Chairperson of the Visual Artists Guild. It is probably best to contact VAG (LA) directly. But thanks for the reminder about Vaclav Havel. I enjoyed his writing and well…it would be nice if there was more Velvet Revolution and certain kinds of human rights violations would just go away! 🙂 Best of luck with your play.
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Thank you! 🙂