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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 - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

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


Cost of War in Iraq


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The cost in your community

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VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

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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.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

US Media and Israel Military, All in the Family

from the Muslim Observer, reprinted 17 June 2010

US Media and Israel Military, All in the Family

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By Alison Weir, Sabbah Report

[Alison Weir is executive director of If Americans Knew, which provides information and media analysis on Israel-Palestine]

israel-bias-boot-595x545 Recent exposés revealing that Ethan Bronner, the New York Times Israel-Palestine bureau chief, has a son in the Israeli military have caused a storm of controversy that continues to swirl and generate further revelations.

Many people find such a sign of family partisanship in an editor covering a foreign conflict troubling especially given the Times' record of Israel-centric journalism.
Times management at first refused to confirm Bronner's situation, then refused to comment on it. Finally, public outcry forced Times Public Editor Clark Hoyt to confront the problem in a February 7th column.

After bending over backwards to praise the institution that employs him, Hoyt ultimately opined that Bronner should be re-assigned to a different sphere of reporting to avoid the "appearance" of bias. Times Editor Bill Keller declined to do so, however, instead writing a column calling Bronner's connections to Israel valuable because they "supply a measure of sophistication about Israel and its adversaries that someone with no connections would lack."

If such "sophistication" is valuable, the Times' espoused commitment to the "impartiality and neutrality of the company's newsrooms" would seem to require it to have a balancing editor equally sophisticated about Palestine and its adversary, but Keller did not address that.

Bronner is far from alone

As it turns out, Bronner's ties to the Israeli military are not the rarity one might expect.

A previous Times bureau chief, Joel Greenberg, before he was bureau chief but after he was already publishing in the Times from Israel, actually served in the Israeli army.

Media pundit and Atlantic staffer Jeffrey Goldberg also served in the Israeli military; it's unclear when, how, or even if his military service ended.

Richard Chesnoff, who has been covering Mideast events for more than 40 years, had a son serving in the Israeli military while Chesnoff covered Israel as US News & World Report's senior foreign correspondent.

NPR's Linda Gradstein's husband was an Israeli sniper and may still be in the Israeli reserves. NPR refuses to disclose whether Gradstein herself is also an Israeli citizen, as are her children and husband.

Mitch Weinstock, national editor for the San Diego Union-Tribune, served in the Israeli military.

The New York Times' other correspondent from the region, Isabel Kershner, is an Israeli citizen. Israel has universal compulsory military service, which suggests that Kershner herself and/or family members may have military connections. The Times refuses to answer questions about whether she and/or family members have served or are currently serving in the Israeli military. Is it possible that Times Foreign Editor Susan Chira herself has such connections? The Times refuses to answer.

Many Associated Press writers and editors are Israeli citizens or have Israeli families. AP will not reveal how many of the journalists in its control bureau for the region currently serve in the Israeli military, how many have served in the past, and how many have family members with this connection.

Similarly, many TV correspondents such as Martin Fletcher have been Israeli citizens and/or have Israeli families. Do they have family connections to the Israeli military?

Time Magazine's bureau chief several years ago became an Israeli citizen after he had assumed his post. Does he have relatives in the military?

CNN's Wolf Blitzer, while not an Israeli citizen, was based in Israel for many years, wrote a book whitewashing Israeli spying on the US, and used to work for the Israel lobby in the US. None of this is divulged to CNN viewers.

Tikkun's editor Michael Lerner has a son who served in the Israeli military. While Lerner has been a strong critic of many Israeli policies, in an interview with Jewish Week, Lerner explains:

"Having a son in the Israeli army was a manifestation of my love for Israel, and I assume that having a son in the Israeli army is a manifestation of Bronner's love of Israel."

Lerner goes on to make a fundamental point:

For a great many of the reporters and editors determining what Americans learn about Israel-Palestine, Israel is family.

Jonathan Cook, a British journalist based in Nazareth, writes of a recent meeting with a Jerusalem based bureau chief, who explained: " Bronner's situation is 'the rule, not the exception. I can think of a dozen foreign bureau chiefs, responsible for covering both Israel and the Palestinians, who have served in the Israeli army, and another dozen who like Bronner have kids in the Israeli army."

Cook writes that the bureau chief explained: "It is common to hear Western reporters boasting to one another about their Zionist credentials, their service in the Israeli army or the loyal service of their children."

Apparently, intimate ties to Israel are among the many open secrets in the region that are hidden from the American public. If, as the news media insist, these ties present no problem or even, as the Times' Keller insists, enhance the journalists' work, why do the news agencies consistently refuse to admit them?
The reason for media obfuscation

The answer is not complicated.

While Israel may be family for these journalists and editors, for the vast majority of Americans, Israel is a foreign country. In survey after survey, Americans say they don't wish to "take sides" on this conflict. In other words, the American public wants full, unfiltered, unslanted coverage.

Quite likely the news media refuse to answer questions about their journalists' affiliations because they suspect, accurately, that the public would be displeased to learn that the reporters and editors charged with supplying news on a foreign nation and conflict are, in fact, partisans.

While Keller claims that the New York Times is covering this conflict "even-handedly," studies indicate otherwise:

The Times covers international reports documenting Israeli human rights abuses at a rate 19 times lower than it reports on the far smaller number of international reports documenting Palestinian human rights abuses.

The Times covers Israeli children's deaths at rates seven times greater than they cover Palestinian children's deaths, even though there are vastly more of the latter and they occurred first.

The Times fails to inform its readers that Israel's Jewish-only colonies on confiscated Palestinian Christian and Muslim land are illegal; that its collective punishment of 1.5 million men, women, and children in Gaza is not only cruel and ruthless, it is also illegal; and that its use of American weaponry is routinely in violation of American laws.

The Times covers the one Israeli (a soldier) held by Palestinians at a rate incalculably higher than it reports on the Palestinian men, women, and children the vast majority civilians imprisoned by Israel (currently over 7,000).

The Times neglects to report that hundreds of Israel's captives have never even been charged with a crime and that those who have were tried in Israeli military courts under an array of bizarre military statutes that make even the planting of onions without a permit a criminal offense a legal system, if one can call it that, that changes at the whim of the current military governor ruling over a subject population; a system in which parents are without power to protect their children.

The Times fails to inform its readers that 40 percent of Palestinian males have been imprisoned by Israel, a statistic that normally would be considered highly newsworthy, but that Bronner, Kershner, and Chira apparently feel is unimportant to report.
Americans, whose elected representatives give Israel uniquely gargantuan sums of our tax money (a situation also not covered by the media), want and need all the facts, not just those that Israel's family members decree reportable.
We're not getting them.


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Friday, June 18, 2010

Wikileaks Soldier Reveals Orders for "360 Rotational Fire" You Want us to Kill Women and Children on the Street? By Ralph Lope

Wikileaks Soldier Reveals Orders for "360 Rotational Fire"

You Want us to Kill Women and Children on the Street?

By Ralph Lopez

"If someone in your line gets hit with an IED, 360 rotational fire. You kill every motherf*cker on the street." Myself and Josh and a lot of other soldiers were just sitting there looking at each other like, "Are you kidding me? You want us to kill women and childre

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Somalia: U.S. Military Aid Denounced Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times, June 17, 2010

Somalia: U.S. Military Aid Denounced
Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times, June 17, 2010

A second United States senator complained Thursday about American military assistance to Somalia's government, which the United Nations considers one of the most flagrant users of child soldiers in the world. Senator Russ Feingold, Democrat of Wisconsin, said in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that the American government should press the Somali military to halt any use of child soldiers and "until we have that confirmation, I believe it is inappropriate to continue providing the T.F.G. with security assistance." American officials said they have urged the Somali military not to recruit children but that with few American personnel in Somalia, it is impossible to guarantee this does not happen.

Colombia: A new report reveals that the Colombian intelligence agency's scandal went well beyond illegally

12) A new report reveals that the Colombian intelligence agency's scandal went well beyond illegally spying on key players in the country's democracy, the report's authors write in the Huffington Post. The Department of Administrative Security actually orchestrated active efforts to sabotage the activities of Colombian judges, journalists, human rights defenders, international organizations and political opponents.

JFP: Obey's Afghanistan: At Long Last, It's Guns vs. Butter

Obey's Afghanistan: At Long Last, It's Guns vs. Butter
At long last, Rep. David Obey has called the question: which is more important to America - saving teachers' jobs, or pointless killing in Afghanistan? This could be the beginning of the end of the Washington consensus that wars and other military spending exist on their own fiscal planet. There is a freight train coming called "deficit reduction," and if cuts in military spending aren't on board the train, the cargo will be cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits.

AAUW: The American Dream

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For millions of students who were raised in the United States, the American dream they seek is simply the opportunity to pursue higher education.  The DREAM Act (S. 729) would allow them to do just that, and would benefit our country and our economy at the same time.  Urge your senators to support this important legislation. 

The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act (S. 729) would allow undocumented students who were raised in the U.S. and have graduated from American high schools the chance to go to college, contribute to the nation's economy, and start on their path to citizenship.  Currently, undocumented students wishing to attend college are unable to access state financial aid in most states, are ineligible for federal student loans, and are unable to legally work to pay for tuition and the other costs associated with college.  Without the funds to pay for higher education, their hands are tied.

Under the DREAM Act, undocumented students who entered the U.S. before they were 16 and have lived here for at least five years could gain permanent legal status and eventually citizenship if they attend college or join the military for at least two years and display good moral character.  States would be allowed to offer these students in-state tuition, and the students could receive federal loans upon adjustment of their legal status.  The legislation would provide a path to citizenship for an estimated 65,000 immigrants annually who were brought to this country as children and essentially know no other home.

The DREAM Act benefits not only these students, but our nation as well.  On average, a worker's earnings double with a college degree compared to a high school degree. Increased education and earnings lead to increased tax revenue, decreased reliance on public assistance programs, lower unemployment rates, and increased voting, volunteering, and other civic activities.  A well-educated society is a stronger society.

AAUW is committed to making the dream of higher education a reality for all students. Without the DREAM Act, hard-working students who consider the United States their home and had no say in the decision to come here in the first place will continue to be punished, and the cycle of poverty will continue to be propagated by condemning these students to low-wage jobs.

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Don't miss the World Premiere of YOUTH PRODUCING CHANGE as teen filmmakers turn the camera on their own lives and invite audiences to experience the world as they do – as a Kenyan teenager living in Africa's second largest slum, as a 15-year-old girl in India who needs to chose between supporting her family or getting an education or as a 14-year-old Afghan seeking asylum after his father was killed by the Taliban. Film program run time: 72 min. Discussion with filmmakers from Kenya, United Kingdom, Los Angeles, San Antonio and New York to follow. Founding Presenter: Adobe Youth Voices.

"I am proud. This film will open the eyes of the world; it's like a chain, every link is a person. Every person has a story to tell. In the end we all connect and are one. We must think this way to be able to make a change and be the change." -Alexandre Oakes Camara, filmmaker of "GROWING UP IN INDIA"


Adobe Youth Voices presents the World premiere of Youth Producing Change, an innovative program of youth-produced short films from across the globe showcased with the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Eleven films will be shown this year, selected from over 250 international submissions.

Friday, June 18, 2010 *SOLD OUT
Reception to follow.

Saturday, June 19, 2010
Film screening, and discussion with youth filmmakers. | Invite friends on Facebook

All screenings at Film Society of Lincoln Center Walter Reade Theater
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Including the following films:


For David Were and his community in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya, having access to simple facilities like a bathroom can be a matter of life and death. After a devastating attack on his father, David and his friends know their work to provide security, latrines, and clean-up projects is more than a struggle for a healthier environment —it is part of ensuring the survival of their community. *David Were and Maureen Awuor will attend the festival.

Drawing from a series of dramatic life-changing events, 14-year-old asylum seeker, Kamran, narrates the story of his courageous escape from Afghanistan and his unaccompanied journey to the United Kingdom. *Kamran Safi will attend the festival.

Young people find themselves left on their own when parents are forced to seek work in other countries in order to support their families. Migration provides a new take on immigration, from the perspective of children left behind.


For 14 years, Congo has been ravaged with conflict. In Congo, food insecurity remains the norm. Millions have died mostly due to malnutrition or lack of access to basic medicine. The simple truth for children in Congo – having a meal isn't always a given.

Born in Batey Cuchillia, Dominican Republic of Haitian descent, Deivei was never provided with a birth certificate. Without it, he cannot continue his education, find a job, marry or travel. *Filmmaker Alicia Wade will attend the festival.

In the northeastern desert state of Rajasthan in India, Sangita feels the limitations of her culture's caste system when she decides she must forgo an education to train as a dancer in order to support her family.

The Roma people have been the target of persecution and discrimination for centuries. A Roma grandmother shares her hopes for future generations as she prepares bread with her granddaughter.

Being 16 in the Occupied Palestinian Territories today is to have one's life dictated by curfews, clashes with soldiers at check points, arbitrary searches and arrests. Hudud (an Arabic word for restriction) illustrates the challenges that Israeli construction of the "separation barrier," or wall, pose for Palestinian youth.

As Espie prepares for her quinceañera, a traditional rite of passage celebrating a 15-year-old Latina's debut, her family comes to terms with Espie's decision to "come out" in a different way. Espie's story embraces the complexity of family tradition and sexual identity with an honest and brave heart.*Espie Hernandez will attend the festival.

After water is diverted from natural streams and lakes in the rural Coroong community and delivered by pipeline to larger cities, the aboriginal Ngarrindjeri face a disastrous water crisis, threatening their way of life. Ngarrindjeri youth speak out to protect their culture and traditions. *Representative from SEE LISTEN SPEAK will attend the festival.

The course of Air Force enlistee Diana López's life changes forever when she learns that toxic waste has been seeping off nearby Kelly Air Force Base and into her community's ground water. *Elizabeth Gonzalez and Antonio Rodriguez will attend the festival.
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Model Kits. Thinking Latin America from the MUSAC Collection

June 18, 2010


Erick Beltrán
Modelos de Construcción del Objeto, 2010
Courtesy of the artist

MODEL KITS. Thinking Latin America from the MUSAC Collection
26 June 2010 – 9 January 2011
Para ser construidos (To be Built) at Laboratorio 987
Alexander Apóstol. Tropical Modernity at the Showcase Project

26 June – 10 October 2010

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On 26 June, MUSAC to unveil a major project focused on Latin America under the title MODEL KITS. Thinking Latin America from the MUSAC Collection

From 26 June 2010 to 9 January 2011, within its 5th Anniversary programme, MUSAC, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, will be devoting its entire exhibition space to a major exhibition displaying most of the pieces by over 40 Latin American artists held in the MUSAC Collection. Under the title MODEL KITS. Thinking Latin America from the MUSAC Collection, the show curated by Agustín Pérez Rubio (MUSAC Director), María Inés Rodríguez (MUSAC Head Curator) and Octavio Zaya (MUSAC curator at large), invites viewers to trace their own course through contemporary Latin American art, over a layout designed by architect Andreas Angelidakis. In parallel, all activities scheduled at MUSAC between June 2010 and January 2011 will focus on Latin America, including new projects at Laboratorio 987 and the Showcases, artist workshops, publications, seminars, performances, concerts, etc.

Project: MODEL KITS. Thinking Latin America from the MUSAC Collection
Artists: Carlos Amorales , Alexander Apóstol, Julieta Aranda, AVAF, Fernando Bryce, Erick Beltrán, Iñaki Bonillas, Tania Bruguera, François Bucher, Luís Camnitzer, Raimond Chaves, José Damasceno, Dr. Lakra, Matías Duville, Sandra Gamarra, Carlos Garaicoa, Mario García Torres, Diango Hernández, Juan Fernando Herrán, Federico Herrero, María Teresa Hincapié, Leonilson, Jorge Macchi, Gilda Mantilla, Gilda Mantilla y Raimond Chaves, Teresa Margolles, Hernán Marina, Ana Mendieta, Mujeres Creando, Óscar Muñoz, Rivane Neuenschwander, Damián Ortega, Álvaro Oyarzun, Nicolás París, Jorge Pineda, Caio Reisewitz, Rosângela Renno, Pedro Reyes, Miguel Ángel Rojas, Martín Sastre, Melanie Smith y Rafael Ortega, Valeska Soares, Javier Téllez, Meyer Vaisman , Carla Zaccagnini
Curators: Agustín Pérez Rubio, María Inés Rodríguez, Octavio Zaya
Layout design: Andreas Angelidakis
Coordinators: Carlos Ordás, Eneas Bernal
Venue: Halls 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, MUSAC
Dates: 26 June 2010 – 9 January 2011
Sponsored by AECID. Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo
With the support of the Embassy of Colombia in Spain

MODEL KITS is the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León fourth major exhibition of its Collection works, after Emergencias (April – August 2005), Fusion (December 2005 – April 2006) and Existencias (September 2007 – January 2008). The show will also be the first opportunity to see many of the MUSAC Collection's latest acquisitions made between 2007 and 2010, all of which are included in the book MUSAC Collection Volume III, to be presented on 26 June.

MODEL KITS. Thinking Latin America from the MUSAC Collection draws its inspiration from 62/ A Model Kit, a novel published by Julio Cortázar in 1968, which stands as one of the most enduringly original and ambitions projects in Spanish-language literature. Translating it into a different period and discipline, the exhibition modestly attempts to apply the unique novel's vision in the way it rejects and subverts any single interpretation or conventional linear narrative of the works on display, challenging the viewer to establish her own parameters and directions, connections and relationships. MODEL KITS includes around 100 works by over 40 Latin American artists, produced since the late 1980s (under the MUSAC Collection's purchasing criteria), covering a broad range of media and languages, artistic strategies and significations, references, objects and situations, which jointly contribute to assembling varying narratives and permutations. From leading deceased artists who hold pride of place in Latin American Art History like Ana Mendieta, Leonilson or Maria Teresa Hincapié; to great masters such as Luis Camnitzer, Oscar Muñoz or Miguel Angel Rojas; the landmark 90s generation of Valeska Soares, Rosângela Renó, Jorge Macchi or Carlos Garaicoa; all the way to young artists who are making their mark on the current landscape, such as Mario García Torres, Julieta Aranda or Matías Duville, amongst others.

Title: Para ser construidos (To be Built)
Artists: Marcelo Cidade (Sao Paulo, Brasil, 1979), Marcius Galan (Indianápolis, US, 1972), André Komatsu (Sao Paulo, Brasil, 1978), Nicolás Robbio (Mar del Plata, Argentina 1975), Carla Zaccagnini (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1973)
Curator: Agustín Pérez Rubio
Coordinator: Helena López Camacho
Dates: 26 June – 10 October 2010
Venue: Laboratorio 987 and Outdoor garden MUSAC
Sponsored by:
AECID. Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo
Fundaçao Nacional de Artes FUNARTE. Ministerio da Cultura. Brasil.
Bienal de Sao Paulo
With the support of Lei de incentivo à cultura. Ministerio da Cultura. Brasil

On June 26th the MUSAC's Laboratorio 987 will be presenting the project Para ser construidos (To be Built), a group show whose concept embraces the double conceptual and linguistic aspect of the term "construction" to exemplify a relation with urban factors on the one hand and considerations of identity on the other. The artists participating in this show— Marcelo Cidade, Marcius Galán, André Komatsu, Nicolás Robbio, Carla Zaccagnini— arise from the Brazilian context, yet the show is not intended as a vision of the current Brazilian art scene. It is a reflection on the construction of certain concepts of identity, in art as well as in the urban setting. This show is based on the relations between art and society, and therefore between art and politics.

Publication Title: Alexander Apóstol Modernidad Tropical
Showcase Project Title: Modernidad Tropical o cómo lograr que el lobo feroz no destruya la casa de papel (Tropical Modernity or How to stop the big bad wolf from destroying the paper house)
Artist: Alexander Apóstol (Barquisimeto, Venezuela, 1969)
Curator: María Inés Rodríguez
Coordinator: Cynthia González García
Venue: MUSAC, Showcase Project
Dates: 26 June – 12 October 2010
Sponsored by AECID. Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo
MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, presents the first monographic publication about the work of the Venezuelan artist Alexander Apóstol. This monograph launches the publishing series AA, which the MUSAC will be devoting to art and architecture. To introduce this first publication of the series, Apóstol will present a site-specific installation for the Showcase Project that will be on view as of June 26th.

June 2010 - January 2011

1. Symposiums, forums, conferences

- Symposium: Thinking Latin America. November 6 - 7, 2010
- Forum: Independent Art Publications in Latin America. MUSAC. December 10, 2010 / Serralves Foundation. December 12, 2010.

2. Workshops

- Raimond Chaves. June 28 – July 3, 2010
- Carolina Caycedo. October 13 – 16, 2010
- Carla Fernández. October 2010

3. Courses

- Art History of the 20th Century. A Latin American perspective. October 2010 – June 2011

4. Music and film programmes

- Aterciopelados in concert- 26 June 2010

Activities sponsored by AECID. Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo

On occasion of the exhibition project MODEL KITS. Thinking Latin America from the MUSAC Collection, the museum's comprehensive schedule of activities will focus entirely on Latin America. The exhibitions held at Laboratorio 987, in the Showcases and in the main galleries will give rise to a set of parallel activities including symposiums, forums, artist workshops and music and film events. The schedule intends to establish a platform for reflecting on a continent in a permanent state of flux, a basis for analysis and an exchange of ideas between artists, cultural agents and the general public interested in coming closer to Latin America's contemporary art context in its diverse aspects.

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MUSAC Press office: (T)0034 987 091103

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Disidentification at Goteborgs Konsthall

June 18, 2010

Göteborgs Konsthall

Kalup Linzy
Keys to Our Heart
Video still, 2008
© Courtesy Kalup Linzy & Taxter and Spengemann, New York

2 July – 31 October 2010

2 July, 17-22

On the opening night Simon Fujiwara, recipient of the 2010 Cartier Art Award, will give two performances in his installation Welcome to the Hotel Munber.

Göteborgs Konsthall
SE-412 56 Göteborg

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Artists: Nick Cave, Lukas Duwenhögger, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Simon Fujiwara, Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Kalup Linzy, Wangechi Mutu & Tracey Rose.

Göteborgs Konsthall is proud to present the group exhibition Disidentification which will gather an exciting group of acclaimed international artists. Taking as a conceptual entry point José Esteban Muñoz thinking around the notion of Disidentification, the exhibition aims to investigate the production of modern and contemporary subjectivity and bring to the fore a discussion of the political potential of alternative 'world-making'. Taking into consideration the role of the artist as author and the body as a site of inscription layered with meaning, the exhibition will highlight artists who explore the relationship between the body and larger political and ideological forces in ways that include alter-ego, masquerade, drag, metamorphosis and disguise.

The body in representations, in its physical presence and absence, visible only through traces and memories, form the entry point of investigation into real and imagined lifes and worlds. In an engagement with modes of performativity in contemporary art practice, the exhibition seeks to explore the politics of representation in ways that aim to disrupt the desire of the viewing gaze and produces a displacement of perception and meaning. The exhibition will focus on artists who explore modes of performative self imaging in an interrogation of gender, sexual and racial difference. Disidentification presents works that use strategies of satire, exaggeration, disassembling and recycling of the language and stereotypes of hegemonic culture in order to deconstruct its' seductive power and produce new social relations and subjectivities. Disidentificatory performances form dissident practices of revolt, mockery and a refusal to fit into neatly packages notions of identity and subjectivity. These are artists who open up difference as a possibility, and otherness beyond the self/other relationship that structures identity.

Artist Talks
Saturday 3 July, 14.00-15.00
Charlotte Gyllenhammar gives a presentation of her work Nachsagen, Ich und Meinhof.

Sunday 4 July, 14.00-15.00
Nick Cave gives a presentation of his works Soundsuits.

The Lab
October, 2010

In conjunction with the exhibition, Göteborgs Konsthall will host a two-day international symposium that aims to interrogate and elaborate on key questions explored in the exhibition and extend these questions into a broader consideration of the fields of feminist, queer and postcolonial enquiry. The symposium is organized in collaboration with Museion/School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg and will bring together national and international theorists, curators and artists.

The symposium aims to investigate the relationship between art and theory and to explore new articulations of contemporary subjectivities/identities. While contemporary art has increasingly come to illustrate prominent tendencies in contemporary critical theory, our ambition is to engage art as knowledge production which can contribute to the creation of new interpretive models and cross-frontier images. Initiating a set of dialogues within a cross disciplinary field of knowledge production, our wish is to reflect together with artists, curators and theorists to explore new modes of thinking about the construction of singularity and other emancipatory strategies today.

The exhibition will be accompanied with an online publication with articles by Paul Clinton, queer theorist, based in London and Gabi Ngcobo, South African curator and recent graduate from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. Please visit:

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