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GENOCIDA – “Unless mankind changes, history will always repeat itself”

On 10th December, Human Rights Day 2020, from 10:00 to 20:00 (GMT+1), an exceptional exhibition will be held in the Tibet Open House in Prague. The GENOCIDA exhibition gathers 9 international artists, including photographers, filmmakers, and sonic artists from Tibet, Hong Kong, China, Czech Republic, and Ecuador to express their grave concern for the never-ending universal humanitarian crisis… 

“Unless mankind changes, history will always repeat itself,” stated Czech veteran artist Jiří Sozanský in an interview. His photography series Refugees mapped genocide in Yugoslavia based on his personal experiences in the warzone,  and while he refuses to claim himself as a political artist, he reveals the dark side of mankind through works for humanity.

Hong Kong artist Ingrid Wong suffered from the pain of being overseas from the Hong Kong movement. “We are the lambs who are going to be sacrificed on the altar, waiting to be examined on our internal organs as evidence to prosecute us,” she said. Across the window, a huge political figure mural stands by South African artist Peter Mammes, whose works are all related to Communism or authority. “The communist propagandists have been successful in utilizing the images of their political heroes for far too long without any effective counter-propaganda.” Peter intends to make more visually intense images than the propaganda itself, counteracting their messages.

One of the remarkable artists in the show is Badiucao, a renowned artist as well as a dissident from China. This is his first exhibition in Prague, despite the poster under the bridge of deceased Dr.Li Wenliang. Badiucao responded to the curator, Loretta Lau, in the first online meeting saying, “It is unbelievable to mention Genocide in 2020.” He displays a window-shopping scenario with his significant illustration style poster in the gallery, condemning over 80 global brands who consume the Uyghur concentration camp productions. 

In the last room of the gallery, a performance video, Questions to Heaven, is presented by Hong Kong artist Loretta Lau, Sonic Artist Barry Wan, photographer Juan David Cevallos and filmmaker Jakub Zajíček, which was shot in the concentration camp ‘Theresienstadt.’ Through a series of obscure rituals, the performer uses her own body gesture and voice to commemorate the people who suffered in the genocide – “Genocide is not a history, but an ongoing humanitarian crisis,” Loretta stated.

There is a cordial face in the Tibet Open House, the resident artist Tibetan Chungpo Tsering. “Since I left my country at 3 years old, I have had no chance to go back to Tibet, my land!” His works explained the struggle to be a Tibetan, and an expression of the lack of media coverage on the 156 Tibetan self-immolators. All these self-immolators renounced their lives with the clear intention and logic of harming no one else but themselves. However, many of them remained cautiously ignored, unattended, and finally untitled.

The Exhibition will be held both online (virtual tour and live streaming will be held on and physically in the Tibet Open House, which was founded by the Linhart Foundation, promoting Tibetan culture over the years. One of the founders of Linhart Foundation Jan Mayer said, “The pandemic will not prevent us from moaning about the human rights issue, that’s why we pick 10th December, the Human Rights Day 2020.” Though, in the middle of these uncertainties, artists have a bigger, louder creative voice!


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