Amleto De Silva is among the protagonists of the festival of censored arts, for freedom of expression and against anti-blasphemy laws. Art exhibitions, group shows, live performances, talks, screenings, stand-up comedies, on the theme of censorship for religious reasons and blasphemy.
Amleto was born in Naples, grew up in Salerno and finally moved to Rome, where he lives. Cartoonist paired with Sara Migneco for Cuore, Smemoranda and other newspapers, he has a blog www.amlo.it. He collaborates as an author with Enrico Montesano; he writes Be careful of me and Roundmidnight; two essays on costume, Stronzology and Degenerati (Liberaria); The Illustrated Dictionary of #giovanimerda (Magic Press Edizioni). He writes the Spoiler column, which talks about unreleased TV series (TvZap), Playlist and On Writing (ilmiolibro.it). He brings around shows, including Hamlet plays Cirano with English (with Edoardo Inglese), I Ten Worse (stand up comedy) and Nobody dies, from the novel by Sergio Claudio Perroni.
Anti-blasphemy laws in Italy and around the world are used to suppress political opponents and dissidents, to censor artists, journalists and free thinking.
The application of a law that should protect an unidentified “religious sentiment” is highly subjective, completely arbitrary. There are countries where even a woman’s song can be considered blasphemous. A reality that moves large sums of money and votes but which cannot be satirized or criticized, becomes untouchable: an unnameable god becomes truly omnipotent even on the political and social level. This is why Ceci n’est pas un blasphème , the festival of censored arts, was born .
The festival enjoys the moral patronage of the Department of Culture of Naples, but to maintain independence and thus guarantee the quality of the curatorship we do not have access to public funds: we are professionals but we work on it as a team of volunteers, we believe in it a lot, if you share the message give us a hand to make it happen: together we can do something great, for art, for poetry, for freedom of expression, against any form of religious abuse!