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In Brescia vandalism posters show Chinese dissident Badiucao

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(ANSA) – MILAN, 30 DEC – In the last ten days in Brescia almost all the posters, totems, banners advertising the exhibition ‘China is not nearby Badiucao – works by a dissident artist’ of which the Chinese embassy have been damaged in Italy, before the opening on 12 November, it had asked the Municipality to cancel it.

Now the Brescia Musei foundation announces that it will file a complaint against unknown persons, and that, in agreement with the artist, it will not remove the damaged materials where above all the references to where the exhibition takes place have been deleted, with a “symbolic gag on the project. “.

According to the foundation, the “deliberate and consistent will to cancel” demonstrates the intent to censor the exhibition of the Santa Giulia Museum, which has already been visited by 13,000 people.

The exhibition, scheduled until February 13, is the first solo show dedicated to Badiucao, the pseudonym of the Chinese artist-activist known for his protest art, now in exile in Australia and traces his artistic activity from the beginnings to the most recent born in response to the health crisis triggered by the Covid pandemic.

Thanks to his blog, social media and organized communication campaigns, Badiucao carries on his resistance activity, one of the very few channels not filtered by government control capable, for example, of broadcasting the stories of the citizens of Wuhan during the 2020 lockdown.

Precisely in 2020 he was awarded the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent by the Human Rights Foundation, intended for artists who creatively denounce the deceptions of dictatorships.

“This type of violently censorship – commented the president of the Brescia Musei Foundation Francesca Bazoli – ironically reinforces the objectives of the Municipality of Brescia and the Brescia Musei Foundation and does not affect the overall results of the project”.

“Art in all its forms – underlined Deputy Mayor Laura Castelletti – is increasingly an ambassador of the right to speak and free thought, the censorship attempts at the Badiucao exhibition are proof of how effective and necessary its messages are “. (HANDLE).

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