The Pillar of Shame is set up in the Prague- Update to HK news list
On the 33rd anniversary of 4 June 2022 for The Tiananmen Massacre 1989, Galschiøt will perform a Pillar of Shame in Prague. The sculpture is set up in connection with a large art exhibition with china critical art at the Doxs Museum in Prague
He has just returned from Oslo where an 8 meter high Pillar of Shame was erected on 25 May see later in this email and is now going to Prague
It is a very exciting and leading exhibition in Prague that I look forward to participating in
You can download information about programs, the exhibition, participants and more here
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For more info call Loretta who is responsible for the exhibition and the invitation to exhibit and present The Pillar of Shame project in Prague. Loretta Lau is herself an interesting artist with an extensive practice and from Hong Kong
Wai-ting Loretta Lau
CEO of NGO DEI
Pillar of shame in Oslo
Galschiøt has just returned from Oslo where an 8 meter high Pillar of Shame was erected on 25 May: see mention in the press here
I forbindelse med udstilling i Oslo udtaler Galschiøt:
I was invited to perform the Pillar of Shame at the University of Oslo. The exhibition is organized by Amnesty International and the local Hong Kong committee. I am very happy to set up the sculpture in the original size of 8 meters right in the center of Oslo
It is especially important to exhibit it now that the sculpture has been taken down and banned in Hong Kong and thus has become a worldwide symbol of both the assault and the massacre of Chinese students in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 4, 1989 and on the massive repression of freedom of expression and the rule of law in Hong Kong.
There were many people at the inauguration and many good speakers, including from the university's rector, the Chinese artist Badiucao, and representatives from over 3 parties from the Norwegian parliament. So the line-up + became an important mark around the men's situation in China and in Hong Kong.
I thought it was important for the universities in particular to stand out in this debate. The Pillar of Shame has stood at one of the best and finest universities in Hong Kong and has been a guarantor of a free and open-minded teaching. With the dismantling of the sculpture, the university world in Hong Kong has capitulated - without spiritual freedom, a university is only the shadow of itself. And The Pillar of Shame was precisely one of the most important symbols that Hong Kong was not mainland China, but a place where one could speak and develop thoughts without prejudice
Hong Kong Pillar of Shame is still in Hong Kong and is located in a container on the grounds of universities we work daily to get it down to the container port. But there are no crane / transport companies that dare to take on the task of fearing safety legislation. 12 companies have said no so far. This is very worrying and the Hong Kong Government should intervene and state publicly that it is not illegal to take on a common transpot task in Hong Kong. Not even if it is a controversial sculpture that needs to be moved.
I have the last 6 months call on the Hong Kong authorities to issue an official statement on this. but it has done nothing.
It is shameful and does not bode well for the future as a vibrant trading city if no one dares to take on transport tasks due to uncertainty about security legislation.
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