Nadia Plesner: Time for intervention


Die dänische Künstlerin Nadia Plesner hat mit Darfurnica ein hochpolitisches Kunstwerk geschaffen, mit welchem sie auf die furchbare Situation in Darfur aufmerksam machen will. Ihre Arbeit Darfurnica ist eine moderne Version von Picassos Guernica. In ihrem Werk stellt sie Ereignisse in Darfur mit zeitgleich aufgetretenem, weltweit beachtetem Hollywood-Klatsch parallel dar, um so auf die Absurdität dessen, was in der öffentlichen Wahrnehmung als wichtig wahrgenommen wird, hinzuweisen.

An der Schnittstelle zwischen Darfur und Hollywood steht in ihrem Bild ein halbverhungertes Kind mit einer Handtasche. Und genau diese Darstellung soll der vielbeachteten Künstlerin nun zum Verhängnis werden: Louis Vuitton hat die Künstlerin verklagt (bereits zum zweiten Mal übrigens, es gab zwischen dem Unternehmen und der Künstlerin schon einmal eine ähnliche Auseinandersetzung).

Das Anliegen von Nadia Plesner ist es, die Geschehnisse in Darfur in die weltweite Medienöffentlichkeit zu bringen, und die von ihr gewählte Ausdrucksweise sollte Teil ihrer künstlerischen Freiheit sein. Es ist gut zu wissen, dass das Dänische Museum HEART die Künstlerin hier unterstützt: Ab dem 21. März 2011 wird Darfurnica dort öffentlich ausgestellt.

Wer der Künstlerin helfen will, kann z.B. spenden, um sie in ihrem Prozess zu unterstützen.

Update: Eben einen Artikel vom Januar aus der WELT online gefunden – auch Henryk M. Broder hat sich mit Dafurnica und dem Vuitton-Konflikt (nun ja, dem alten und dem zu erwartenden, der im Januar noch nicht klar war) befasst. Und kommt zu dem Schluss, dass doch hoffentlich seitens Vuitton die Konsequenz eine „fette Spende für Darfur“ sein sollte.

My latest work, Darfurnica, is a modern version of Picasso’s Guernica. In our time, the boundaries between the editorial and advertising departments in the media are disappearing and entertainment stories about the lives of Hollywood celebrities have become breaking news. Apparantly a genocide in Darfur can be happening RIGHT NOW without being important enough to make headlines. This is unacceptable and I refuse to turn the blind eye to what is happening.
In Darfurnica I have mixed some of the horrible stories I have learned about Darfur over the past years with some of the Hollywood gossip stories which made headlines during the same time period. In collaboration with ARTMANIPULATOR, my first solo exhibition, INTERVENTION, took place in the Odd fellow Palace in Copenhagen from January 7th until February 4th, 2011. It consisted of Darfurnica and FORBES/DARFUR, a series of drawn portraits of the most and least influential people in 2009. The most influential are based on the list „Forbes 100“ and the least influential are portraits of children in Darfur. The show was opened by the Danish Culture Minister, Per Stig Møller, and was greatly visited, both at the opening day and throughout the month. AND NOW LOUIS VUITTON HAS SUED ME AGAIN

As I returned to Holland in the beginning of February, I had received a verdict in a new court case started by Louis Vuitton. They are very angry about the bag that the boy in the middle is carrying. They claim again that I infringe their design rights on the pattern used in their „audra“ bag and they had the court in Hague put 5000 euro penalties for each day I continue to show this painting on my website or in galleries or anywhere else. They have been counting since January 28, so at the moment the amount is higher than 240.000 euros (!)

Here you can read an English translation of the Court Order

I only heard about this lawsuit when I received the verdict; I have therefore not been able to defend myself. This seems a clear violation of my freedom of speech and artistic freedom.
I have spent the past month searching for an attorney and I am now blessed to have the help from Jens van den Brink and Christien Wildeman from the lawfirm Kennedy Van der Laan.
They have kindly agreed to start helping me but I need to find funds to defend myself and enable me to fend off fines Louis Vuitton may claim.

PLEASE HELP ME RAISE FUNDS TO DEFEND MYSELF

Any donations can be transferred to this Dutch account:

R.M. Keesom
Account nr: 1057.26.818
BIC/SWIFT code: RABONL2U
Iban nr: NL02RABO0105726818

OR

to this Danish account:

M. Engelbrecht
Reg. nr: 3306
Account nr: 4083473037
BIC/SWIFT code: DABADKKK
Iban nr: DK9030004083473037

Please note, the accounts are not in my own name as I can risk to have my accounts seized by Louis Vuitton.

THANK YOU!

We are going to start summary proceedings against LV to try to have the order lifted.
The first court hearing will take place on 30 March, 2011 at 14:00 hours.

I can’t believe that our world has come to a place where protection of design and copyrights apparently is more important than protection of human rights.
According to The Save Darfur Coalition, the last bombings of villages in Darfur took place no less than a few weeks ago, and 45.000 new refugees arrived in the Zamzam IDP Camp.
However – this is not something you hear in the media at all.

The story about Darfur must be told, and I believe I should have my artistic freedom of speech to do so.

In the beginning of March I received the wonderful news that the Danish museum HEART have decided to exhibit Darfurnica to support me and the artistic freedom of speech. Darfurnica will be exhibited on HEART from March 21, 2011.
I am so happy and grateful for HEART’s decision.

As a part of my work with Darfur I have initiated shipments of medical help to Darfur. You can read more about it and support the project here: www.nadiaplesnerfoundation.org

zitiert von der Webseite von Nadia Plesner

weitere Infos gibts z.B. bei Media Report.

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