Giorgio Franzaroli 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.
In 1983 Giorgio Franzaroli attended the Zio Feininger comics course in Bologna, where Andrea Pazienza, Igort and Lorenzo Mattotti teach. He began working on comics for children at a very young age, writing subjects and scripts for characters such as Cattivik and Lupo Alberto, as well as working as an editorial graphic and copywriter. He made his debut in 1993 as a satirist on the humorous weekly Comix and, in the same year, on Frigidaire, the historic magazine directed by Vincenzo Sparagna. Subsequently he collaborates with Heart, the Unity, Linus. In 2008 he won the Political Satire Award of Forte dei Marmi. Since 2010 he has collaborated with Il Fatto Quotidiano.
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!
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