Kostis Velonis at the group show “Newtopia: The State of Human Rights”, Mechelen, Belgium

Kostis Velonis at the group show:
Newtopia: The State of Human Rights 
Duration until December 10, 2012
Mechelen, Belgium

Venues: Cultural Centre Mechelen, Scheppers Institute, Academy of Fine Arts, Town hall, The Old Meat Market, Museum Hof of Busleyden, Lamot Conference and Heritage Centre

www.newtopia.be

Art and human rights?!

Be it the right to life, liberty, security and education; be it the right to free thought, conscience and opinion; be it it the right not to be tortured, not to be treated inhumanely or in a degrading manner; be it in Syria, China or North Korea, hardly any other subject influences public discourse as firmly and as permanently as human rights. More than sixty years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the question of human rights is constantly gaining in importance.

Newtopia: the State of Human Rights is a major international contemporary art exhibition, dedicated to the subject of human rights. The exhibition takes place in six cultural institutions and in public spaces in the historic city centre of Mechelen, from 1 September to 10 December 2012.
Tracing artistic responses to human rights issues, the exhibition charts the development of the human rights movement and its evolving discourse since the post-war era, paying particular attention to the emergence of new human rights discourses and the 'rise of human rights' since the 1970s, and looks at their current state.

Newtopia includes work in diverse media by more than 70 international artists of different generations from all over the world. Many of these artists come from countries and regions where human rights have been – or still are – a particularly contested issue, such as the Arab world, China, Latin America, and the former Soviet republics; half of the artists come from non-Western countries.
Newtopia examines a rich variety of artistic responses in relation to the basic tenets of human rights and provides insight into the complexity and breadth of the subject and how it is bound to a myriad of social, political, economic, cultural, personal and collective issues. The exhibition, which features four thematic chapters and solo projects is curated by Katerina Gregos.


Newtopia will also feature a rich fringe programme including film, literature, music,  as well as conversations with artists, creating an appropriate framework in a city rooted in the humanist tradition of Erasmus and Thomas More – a city that, however, is not averse to dealing with the dark chapters of its own history.

Newtopia contextualizes the subject of human rights in present-day Mechelen: the exhibition precedes the opening of the Kazerne Dossin Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre on Holocaust and Human Rights.


Newtopia also extends its reach geographically, with a satellite solo exhibition of the internationally acclaimed Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar, at the ING Cultural Centre on the Koningsplein/Place Royale in the heart of Brussels, from the 10th October to the 10th December 2012.

Participating Artists:

-RAVI AGARWAL (INDIA, 1958)

-AMSAB (EST. BELGIUM, 1980)

-KADER ATTIA (FRANCE, 1970)

-SAMMY BALOJI (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, 1978)

-YAEL BARTANA (ISRAEL, 1970)

-TAYSIR BATNIJI (PALESTINE, 1966)

-ELISABETTA BENASSI (ITALY, 1966)

-EDWARD BURTYNSKY (CANADA, 1955)

-CENGIZ ÇEKIL (TURKEY, 1945)

-ALEJANDRO CESARCO (URUGUAY, 1975)

-OLGA CHERNYSHEVA (RUSSIA, 1962)

-JOHAN CRETEN (BELGIUM, 1963)

-NINAR ESBER (LEBANON, 1971)

-STELIOS FAITAKIS (GREECE, 1976)

-ALI FERZAT (SYRIA, 1951)

-ZIYAH GAFIÇ (CROATIA, 1980)

-GANZEER (EGYPT, 1982)

-KENDELL GEERS (1968) WITH SPECIAL GUESTS (AMONG OTHERS): MARINA ABRAMOVI?, AI WEI WEI, CHARLIE CHAPLIN, BELINDA BLIGNAUT, GANZEER, ILSE GHEKIERE & ANNA WHALEY, ILYA AND EMILIA KABAKOV, BARBARA KRUGER, NEDKO SOLAKOV, BETTY TOMPKINS, RAOUL VANEIGEM, SANDRA VÁSZQUEZ DE LA HORRA, KARA WALKER, ZAPIRO

-EDUARDO GIL (ARGENTINA, 1958) – EL SILUETAZO (ARGENTINA, 1983)

-DAVID GOLDBLATT (SOUTH AFRICA, 1930)

-LEON GOLUB (USA 1922-2004)

-INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL HISTORY (EST. 1935)

-HANS HAACKE (GERMANY, 1936)

-BARBARA HAMMER (USA, 1939)

-JAN PETER HAMMER (GERMANY, 1971)

-NICOLINE VAN HARSKAMP (NETHERLANDS, 1975)

-MONA HATOUM (LEBANON, 1952)

-DIANGO HERNÁNDEZ (CUBA, 1970)

-LYNN HERSHMAN LEESON (USA, 1941)

-WAFA HOURANI (PALESTINE, 1979)

-SATCH HOYT (UK, 1957)

-ALFREDO JAAR (CHILE, 1956)

-KHALED JARRAR (PALESTINE, 1976)

-SVEN ‘T JOLLE (BELGIUM, 1966)

-NIKITA KADAN (UKRAINE, 1982)

-HAYV KAHRAMAN (IRAQ, 1981)

-AMAR KANWAR (INDIA, 1964

-LINA KHATIB (LEBANON, 1970S)

-THOMAS KILPPER (GERMANY, 1956)

-DIMITRI KOTSARAS & JENNIFER NELSON (GREECE/ USA)

-JAROSLAW KOZAKIEWICZ (POLAND, 1961)

-NEVAN LAHART (IRELAND, 1973)

-AN-MY LÊ (VIETNAM, 1960)

-THOMAS LOCHER (GERMANY, 1956)

-MADEIN COMPANY (CHINA, 1977)

-BASIM MAGDY (EGYPT, 1977)

-TOM MOLLOY (IRELAND, 1964)

-GIANNI MOTTI (ITALY, 1958)

-BONIFACE MWANGI (KENYA, 1985)

-MARINA NAPRUSHKINA (BELARUS, 1981)

-SEAMUS NOLAN (IRELAND, 1978)

-PABLO PICASSO (SPAIN, 1881-1973)

-PIA RÖNICKE (DENMARK, 1974)

-FERNANDO SÁNCHEZ CASTILLO (SPAIN, 1970)

-BRUNO SERRALONGUE (FRANCE, 1968)

-ESTHER SHALEV-GERZ (LITHUANIA, 1948)

-TARYN SIMON (USA, 1976)

-TRAVIS SOMERVILLE (USA, 1963)

-SIMON STARLING (UK, 1967)

-SUN XUN (CHINA, 1981)

-JAN ŠVANKMAJER (CZECH REPUBLIC, 1934)

-KOSTAS TSOLIS (GREECE, 1965)

-LIEVE VAN STAPPEN (BELGIUM, 1958)

-KOSTIS VELONIS (GREECE, 1970)

-ANDY WARHOL (USA, 1928-1987)

-WILHELM WERNER (GERMANY, 1898-1940)

-KRYSZTOF WODICZKO (POLAND, 1943)

-WILCHAR (BELGIUM, 1910 – 2005)

-WOOLOO (EST. DENMARK, 2002)

-ZHOU ZIXI (CHINA, 1970)

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