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Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... - Cached - Similar - #

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US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453


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Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.

The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

World Transformers: The Art of the Outsiders at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

September 21, 2010

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

Emery Blagdon in his workshop studio in Stapleton, Nebraska, 1979.

World Transformers
The Art of the Outsiders

24 September 2010 – 9 January 2011

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
60311 Frankfurt, Germany
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With its exhibition World Transformers. The Art of the Outsiders, on show from September 24, 2010 to January 9, 2011, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt focuses on a form of art unjustly neglected in recent decades. Tied to creative abilities, to psychic states that deviate from the "normal" to a greater or lesser extent, these artists, who are extraordinary in the literal sense, reveal in their works surprising, often unexpected things. They shed light on the limits and contradictions of human existence and convey a deep sense of disquiet about the relationships between reality and fantasy—and not just in the work of art.

Since the nineteenth century, the academic discourse has seen manifold terms aimed at summing up the both complex and varied phenomena. Thus, the word usage—spanning from Art brut, Self-taught Art, and Raw Art to Visionary Art, Folk Art, and Outsider Art—also tells a story of cultural boundaries, which are constantly redrawn. They are symptomatic of the different attitudes toward and rules of cultural manifestations. Last, not least, they also mirror how society fundamentally deals with its margins. Comprising a range of works from the nineteenth century to the present, the exhibition at the Schirn presents a paradigmatic series of spaces that offer themselves for an intense experience by impressively unfolding the individual worlds of the highlighted artists: A.C.M., Aloïse, Emery Blagdon, Henri Darger, Auguste Forestier, Madge Gill, Karl Junker, Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Judith Scott, Oskar Voll, August Walla, George Widener, Adolf Wölfli, and Birgit Ziegert.

"In the midst of the serene world of mental illness, modern man no longer communicates with the madman," observed Michel Foucault. His retrospective view leaves no doubt that the structure of experiencing madness is closely tied to history, whose transformation determines how societies deal with their outsiders. The madman transgresses the boundaries of the bourgeois order. He is "like the limit of our society, but an abhorred limit, always suppressed, always cast out," as the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze writes. There is no room any longer for the starry-eyed dreamers and the frenzied; for the poor lunatics, the Illuminati, and the visionaries.

Outsider Art is an expression coined by the British art critic Roger Cardinal in the early 1970s to characterize the production of art along and beyond cultural boundaries. There are other labels such as Art Brut (Jean Dubuffet), Artistry of the Mentally Ill (Hans Prinzhorn), Self-taught Art, Raw Art, Vernacular Art, Visionary Art, Folk Art, and Deviant Art, to mention only the most common of them. Such artists have recently also been called neurodiverse. Unlike the other common designations, Cardinal's term Outsider Art, which some feel emphasizes too strongly the marginality of this art, does, however, make it possible to assess the works along both aesthetic and social lines. That is not without significance when dealing with an art that stands out not only for its form, but also and precisely for the special character of its production.

Without laying claim to providing a historical overview of the entirety of artistic expressions, the show at the Schirn Kunsthalle mirrors the various phases of the path described by these stances. There are the psychiatry patients: Adolf Wölfli, probably the most famous of them, Aloïse, and Auguste Forestier – all three classics of Art brut – or Oskar Voll, who is mentioned in Prinzhorn's Artistry of the Mentally Ill. There are Emery Blagdon and Karl Junker, who in very different places at different times, were able to live out their visions relatively undisturbed on the margins of society. While Blagdon converted a shed into a "healing machine," Junker subjected a whole house to his striving for form. There are the typical stories of discovery, such as that of Henry Darger, who led such a withdrawn life that his landlord was completely surprised to discover an incredible oeuvre in Darger's one-room apartment after his death. There is Madge Gill, the working-class woman from London's East End, who acted manically, traumatized, at the direction of a spirit; even today, much of her work has hardly been viewed. There is Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, the court jester of society, if you will, a scandal-plagued provocateur, a grand conman, and a prince of painting of a very special kind; a pop star who maintained the Factory of Outsider Art and whose works have been collected by famous actors or the likes of Georges Pompidou. There is August Walla who not only turned his room into a Wagnerian gesamtkunstwerk but also incorporated nearly all of Gugging into his art. There are Judith Scott and Birgit Ziegert, both of whom were born with Down syndrome and found encouragement in two different creative centers. Judith Scott's story sounds like a gruesome street ballad: only after vegetating away for years in various institutions, she discovered her path to a unique sculptural oeuvre in a modern creative center in California of the late twentieth century. Birgit Ziegert found a comparable place in the Atelier Goldstein in Frankfurt, which provides her with opportunities and space for her creative work. A.C.M. relies on today's computer junk for the construction of his microworlds. And last, not least, there is George Widener, savant and genius with numbers and a phenomenal memory, a representative of the contemporary computing age.

What do these works reveal? An art that definitely incorporates both history and culture and conveys visions and inspirations beyond the normal, familiar, and ordinary. The outsiders' transformed worlds will encourage viewers to leave the secure structures of their everyday lives behind.

DIRECTOR: Max Hollein

CURATOR: Dr. Martina Weinhart

OPENING HOURS: Tue, Fri–Sun, 10 am–7 pm; Wed and Thu, 10 am–10 pm


PRESS CONTACT: Dorothea Apovnik, phone: (+49) 69 29 98 82-148, fax: (+49) 69 29 98 82-240, e-mail:, (texts, images, and films for download at PRESS)

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