Flamma series - acrylic on canvas - 50*70 cm - 2007 - In private collection, South Africa - Exhibited in South Africa - The Rainbow Experience Gallery, Cape Town - Freedom&Art travelling exhibition in 2010 #krisztinaasztalos #fineart #fineartist #art #flamma #fire #elements #painting #canvasart #acrylic #symbolic #2007 #2010 #exhibitinsouthafrica #southafrica #capetownexhibit #travellingexhibitions #aungsansuukyidedication
Message to the visitors:
Dear Belinda, Dear Vicki, Dear South-African artists and citizens,
Dear visitors of the Rainbow Experience,
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Tonight a very special event is going to take place in Cape Town. It's not only the opening of an art exhibition - it's also the celebration of freedom and human rights.
By inviting Mirca's "Freedom & Art" - travelling exhibition from New York to your town on the occasion of a very meaningful holiday, YOU made it this special event.
From the bottom of our hearts we say thank you very much for doing so! As far as we know, FREEDOM DAY celebrates freedom and commemorates the first democratic post-Apartheid elections held on that day in 1994, when Nelson Mandela was elected as President of South Africa. Freedom Day marks the liberation of South Africa and its people from a long period of colonialism and white minority domination.
For South Africans, just being able to vote is precious and for many it was one of the most memorable days of their lives.
We think that personalities such as Nelson Mandela, Albie Sachs, Aung San Suu Kyi, His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, and a few others, REALLY know what the simple word "freedom" is all about.
Thanks to people like we mentioned here this world got a bit closer to paradise - rather than to hell.
Be sure that the democratic world is watching you tonight - and artists from around the world will be with you in spirit. Have a wonderful opening of the "F & A" - show - enjoy the artworks - and have a great week of celebrations!
Asztalos, Krisztina, Hungary
Bonnici, Martin, Australia
Goevert, Hego, Germany
Goldberg, Carla, USA
Rimell, Bruce, UK
Tunedal, Stefan, Sweden
Albert "Albie" Louis Sachs (born 30 January 1935) is an activist and a former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa. After having his arm blown off by a car-bomb in Mozambique due to his opposition to apartheid, he fled to the United States but later returned to South Africa and currently resides in Cape Town.
"This exhibition is a traveling show which is comprised of Mirca Artists. Mirca is a worldwide group of creative people who are making Art to create awareness of the political prisoner, Aung San Suu Kyi, who should have been the Burmese Prime Minister but has been under house arrest for the last 14 of 20 years. You can follow her timeline going up the stairs to the Gallery which explains more of her history.
It has been encouraging to see the response from both International and local artists to the Rainbow Experience's call to artists to participate in the “FREEDOM & ART \x94 Exhibition. We are exhibiting over 50 artists who work in a variety of different materials which all relate to the idea of liberation. The plight of Aung San Suu Kyi is one that is close to our hearts as South Africans, who look to Nelson Mandela as an inspiration for freedom and who instills hope and optimism throughout the world. It made sense to combine the traveling Freedom and Art Exhibition, which supports Aung San Suu Kyi with our 16th national anniversary of South Africa’s Freedom Day.
Art is a powerful, expressive way to reach each other and create awareness in a non-violent manner. Many of these artists have donated works from Italy, Spain, Hungary, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, UK and USA and it has been delightful to see how many South Africans have joined this group and who are committed to creating awareness to end tyranny and who understand the importance of civil liberties, freedom of expression, beliefs, religion, sexual orientation, freedom from oppression and basic freedom of thought.
At the heart of freedom is tolerance and respect for one's self and acceptance of others' diversity of culture in a compassionate manner.
We would like to thank Justice Albie Sachs for being our Guest speaker tonight. He has, as all of us know, been at the forefront in the struggle for Freedom and justice in South Africa. "
More about the Flamma series:
The opinion of my Swedish Viking Friend 2 m high :), founder of Mirca Art Group.
In MET Museum New York, USA, 2009
More Flamma artworks:
Beacon, New York, USA
Krisztina Asztalos, council member of Mirca Art group with Friends!
The former personal secretary of Aung San Suu Kyi, Nay Tin Myint-Former Burmese political prisoner and Secretary of NLD-LA survived 7 years of torture with the help of meditation
Kyi May Kaung- an Artist, economist, activist, Burmese exile.
Press release in USA,
"A panel discussion on Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi will take place at Mount Beacon Fine Art Gallery in Beacon, NY is set for February 14th, 2009 during the opening of the art exhibit FREEDOM & ART- a collaboration of international artists of the Mirca Art Group.
The Panel members are:
Nay Tin Myint-Former Burmese political prisoner and Secretary of NLD-LA (USA)
Maura Stephens-a longtime professional journalist who spent 19 years at Newsweek and Newsweek International magazine.
Stacie Freudenberg- a photojournalist and a frequent contributor to the Associated Press, Chicago Tribune and has had numerous editorials grace the NY Times.
Jeffrey Hellman-a Filmmaker poet, artist, activist.
Award-winning poet, Jeffrey aims his words predominately towards the humanitarian crisis in Burma. As a senior in high school, Jeffrey was awarded an internship at Crossroads Films and a scholarship to Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School for his film
"Suppressed Freedom" from the Matthew S. Hisiger Film Foundation.
Now a graduate with a degree in Film, Photography, & Visual Arts B.F.A., he is a spokesperson for the International Campaign for Freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma, a producer for World Dharma's Burma Project USA/Canada, a film producer/ director/editor for the Burma Global Action Network, a filmmaker for the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, and a proud volunteer for the US Campaign for Burma.
Jeffrey is currently co-producing/co-directing with filmmaker, Changhee Chun, Honoring Home, a feature length documentary about Burmese Freedom Fighter, U Han Lin and the plight of his homeland for MBC. He is also working for MyPeace Media LLC. and Video Note, which is based out of Cornell University. Jeffrey believes that if we all come together united for an, "International Campaign for Freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma" as his late teacher U Han Lin said, "Burma will be Free."
Endorsement for Jeffrey Karl Hellman
"I would like to emphasize that among Jeff's numerous and remarkable talents, it is his compassion for alleviating human suffering, his commitment to elevating universal human rights, and his calm working presence that makes him so outstanding."
Kyi May Kaung- an Artist, economist, activist, Burmese exile.
Nay Tin Myint is Secretary of NLD-LA (USA). In 1988 uprising, He was a final year student at the RU and a General Secretary of Tri- Color Student Front and a leader of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's Security Guard. He was a co-founder of NLD & a leader of NLD (Youth). He was arrested and sentenced 4 years and released in 1992. He was arrested again in 1993 and was sentenced 20 years.
He stayed in solitary confinement more than 7 years and mental & physical tortured day by day by the regime; consequently, he was paralyzed two times because he was hobbled iron shackles & iron bars between his legs. He is also one of the founders and leaders of "88 Generation Student. He organized several campaigns before he left from Burma.
He left from Burma to Thai border on May 25, 2007. He is a central committee of NLD LA (H.Q) and a coordinator of CMM (Committee of Mass Movement). He has migrated to the US on April, 2008.
Maura Stephens is a longtime professional journalist, writer, editor, actor, humanitarian, and public educator and speaker. She has also been an entrepreneur, having started up two companies.
From 2004, soon after first meeting a Burmese refugee named Han Lin who worked at Ithaca College, until 2007 Stephens was the chief policy strategist and U.S. spokesperson for the International Campaign for Freedom for Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma.
On behalf of this grass-roots activist group struggling nonviolently to bring peace, democracy, and freedom to the Burmese people who have been crushed by a brutal military regime, she has written numerous policy papers and corresponded with political leaders and top diplomats of more than 20 members of the United Nations.
She was also a primary international English language media representative for the organization and has been interviewed by media worldwide.
Stephens spent 19 years at Newsweek and Newsweek International magazine in various capacities, from researcher to reporter to general editor. In 1995 she become the founding editor and CEO of an early Internet venture, an extensive database and “e-zine.\x94 Since 1997 Stephens has worked as editor of ICView magazine, the magazine of Ithaca College.
Stephens also programs visits of distinguished visitors and lectures in classes.
Her columns for openDemocracy.net, a UK-based online magazine of politics and culture, deal with topics including torture; the plight of the Burmese people under a tyrannical military regime; the Irish economy; and her recommendations for peace in Iraq. She has written for Alternet, Organic Gardening, Attach\xE9, New Age Journal, Salon.com, and Bookpress, among other publications. "
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