The Ujazdowski Castle, Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, expressed its concern and astonishment at the actions of the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw which aim to stop the exhibition of the Chinese artist Badiucao. The exhibition, entitled “Tell China's Story Well”, is scheduled to open on Friday, June 16.
At the Ujazdowski Castle, Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, the work is well underway for the exhibition of the Chinese artist Badiucao entitled "Tell China's Story Well", which is scheduled to open on Friday, June 16,2023.
Badiucao is an exiled Chinese dissident artist based in Australia whose work spans political cartoons, installations, street art and performances. His art is renowned for denouncing human rights abuses and the suppression of free speech in China.
The first Badiucao exhibition in Poland will present a story about China different from the tale proposed by the Chinese authorities using the slogan "Tell China's Story Well”. A true story told by the artist is a chronicle of ongoing human rights violations, the manipulation of historical memory of the 1989 Tiananmen Square events, censorship inflicted on Chinese citizens during the Covid-19 pandemic, forced cultural assimilation of the Uyghurs,protests in which Hong Kong residents fought to oppose government policy, and the disturbing relationship between China and Russia in light of the war in Ukraine.
The museum expresses it's concern and astonishment at the actions of the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw towards CCA Ujazdowski Castle, which have been carried out for several days and whose aim is to stop the exhibition. A high-ranking representative of the Chinese embassy visited the CCA Ujazdowski Castle demanding that the exhibition be stopped, and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage receives letters demanding censorial interference in the program of the CCA Ujazdowski Castle. At the same time, the CCA Ujazdowski Castle website was blocked in the People's Republic of China.
The museum reads the actions indicated above as acts of preventive censorship,which it strongly opposes and urges all committed to free speech and expression to support us and the artist in resisting this pressure by visiting the upcoming exhibition and by writing letters of support to the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Image : copyright Badiucao
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