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Court Experiment (Kyiv)

http://vcrc.ukma.kiev.ua/en/actual/court-experiment

Visual Culture Research Center, the Center for Social Research, and Hudrada Curatorial Union in cooperation with tranzit.at

12 October – 12 November 2010, Kyiv

Court Experiment

Court Experiment is a statement against the judicial prosecution of Ukrainian activists for expressing disagreement with existing injustices. It is an action of solidarity with prosecuted activists Yevgenia Belorusets, Andriy Movchan, Serhiy Movchan and Olexandr Wolodarsky, whose trials have been going on for years. The project started with visits to the court hearings by people who wanted to express their support for the accused activists. Among them were activists, journalists, academics, and artists.

Court Experiment is an attempt to attract public attention both to these concrete cases of prosecution and more generally to the judicial system, which as part of the capitalist economy is an instrument of violence and injustice. The second important goal of the exhibition is to reveal the real things against which the activists protested – the destructive expansion of capital in the social sphere and the increase of moral censorship as an authoritarian symptom – framing them in the wider context of the political, cultural, and social circumstances inherent to post-Soviet society.

The exhibition consists of works by artists and documentation of the court hearings, which has been made collectively. Only documentary materials will be presented at the opening; later, the space will gradually fill with individual works by artists. The process of filling the space will be accompanied by discussions, screenings, performances, and seminars. Court Experiment is an installation-in-process, which by imitating the cyclical unfolding of the trials against the activists addresses the subjects of political action within the field of articulation between art, knowledge, and politics.

The exhibition presents works by Yevgeniya Belorusets, David Chichkan, Ksenia Hnylytska, Nikita Kadan, Yulia Kostereva, Yuriy Kruchak, Vasyl Lozynskyy, Lada Nakonechna, Mykola Ridniy, Oleksiy Salmanov, Oleksandr Wolodarsky, and Anna Zvyagintseva. The court drawings, photos, and installation of documentary material have been produced by Anatoliy Belov, Yevgeniya Belorusets, Oleksandr Burlaka, Nikita Kadan, Dmytro Myronchuk, Viktor Wolodarsky, and Anna Zvyagintseva. The exhibition is organized by the Hudrada Curatorial Union.

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No Borders Activists Arrested and Tortured in Belgium

7 October 2010

This is an urgent Pluto  Press action mail. It includes shocking details of police brutality towards one of our authors and others during the No Borders Camp in Brussels. We ask those who feel that the actions of the police are unacceptable to email the Belgian Ambassador in their territory.

Pluto author arrested and tortured in Belgium

Shocking news reaches us via Red Pepper about police brutality towards our author and other activists during the No Borders Camp in Brussels. Last Friday, October 1 2010, during the No Border Camp, a convergence of struggles aiming to end the system of borders that divide us all, Marianne Maeckelbergh (US citizen and professor at the University of Leiden, Netherlands), a former Red Pepper worker, current contributor and a long-time global justice activist and the author of The Will of the Many: How the Alterglobalisation Movement Is Changing the Face of Democracy, was arrested for taking pictures while police were making arrests in Brussels, Belgium.

Having just entered Belgium some two hours earlier, she witnessed violent arrests on the street. When Marianne began taking pictures, she was arrested. She was taken into police custody where she was violently dragged by her hair, chained to a radiator, hit, kicked, spat upon, called a whore, and threatened with sexual assault by the police. She also witnessed the torture of another prisoner also chained to a radiator.

This did not take place not in a dark corner of the police station but out in the open, directly witnessed by police station authorities, who gave the impression that this was standard practice. Police removed her ID card, USB stick, the camera with the photos on it, as well as 25 euros in cash – to date they have refused to return her property.

Roughly 500 people were arrested, many preemptively, including people involved in the No Borders Camp and other protest activities including an alleged attack on a police station. Marianne has now been released, but as of Wednesday 6 October, 2010 at least four people are still incarcerated.

Your help is needed to secure the release of the remaining prisoners and to demand that the police are held accountable.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

  • If you are in the UK, call, email or fax Belgium’s UK Ambassador, H.E. Ambassador Johan Verbeke to demand the immediate release of all prisoners and express your outrage at the torture, abuse, and unjust incarceration of Marianne and others.
  • Ambassador’s Secretariat Tel: 020 7470 3700 Ann.Willems@diplobel.fed.be, Katja.Wauters@diplobel.fed.be
  • If you are based elsewhere, contact the Belgiam Ambassador for your country. A list of ambassadors can be found on Wikipedia, but please cross-check with another source before using, as it appears to be incomplete and out of date in some cases.
  • For more information, contact Adam Weissmanadam@wetlands-preserve.org.

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