Paguri are 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.
Known as the Paguri, Daniele Caluri and Emiliano Pagani are the creators of Don Zauker, a blaspheming and angry exorcist priest, a liar and violent, with a gym and tattooed body, pornphile, womanizer, drug addict, homophobe, racist. Don Zauker’s name comes from the homonymous antagonist of the Daitarn 3 series, the leader of the villains.
Caluri and Pagani started with Vernacoliere. Don Zauker’s first book was born with a magnificent cover, a tribute by Massimo Carnevale. The Vernacoliere did not accept the publication project and the two embarked on an amazing path of self-production. 4 albums have been made: Santo Subito, Inferno e Paradiso, Habemus Papam, Come my kingdom, also translated into French and Spanish. In 2019, an unpublished book entitled Ego te dissolvo and two volumes that contain the 4 previous albums were released with Feltrinelli.
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!