Thi artist 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.
The author in charge of the artistic project and illustrations of Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives is Darren Cullen, a satirist, illustrator and writer. At Leeds College of Art he studies communication, graphics and marketing. He abandons advertising to study fine art at Glasgow School of Art. Now he uses advertising language to subvert the empty promises of consumerism and military propaganda. In 2019 he co-curated a Museum of Neoliberalism with Gavin Grindon which has now opened semi-permanently in London. Opposing all kinds of psychological manipulation and indoctrination through images, Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives often confronts, in an ironic way, even with religion. In 2018 he wrote to the Bavarian minister Markus Söder, who had imposed the posting of Christian crosses in every state building, to give instructions on how to display crucifixes or upside down. The project was funded and supported by The Satanic Temple, London & UK (TSTUK), as well as by donations.
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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