Hogre 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.
He is a subvertiser, active mainly in Rome, London and Warsaw, but his installations have also been found in Naples, Catania and other cities. His actions escape precise categorizations. He recently painted on an ancient monument, placing himself “outside” the convention of street art. The artist not only mocks the violence of advertising propaganda, requisitioning the public spaces it colonizes for artistic use, but also challenges any concept of privilege, even that of a cultural asset. Hogre’s creative vandalism affirms the total autonomy of art. Together with DoubleWhy he was denounced for contempt of religion because of a work of great political and cultural importance, Ecce homo.
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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