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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


Cost of War in Afghanistan

The cost in your community

flickr: DEATH FROM THIS WINDOW/DOORS OF GUANTANAMO--Essays, Links, Video-- US use of Torture

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

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
Deadline/Fecha Limite: SinsLimite/ongoing
Size: No limit/Sin Limite
No Limit on Number of Works sent
No Limit on Number of Times New Works Are Sent
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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.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Is the USA Attacking WIth Denial of Service Attacks? by Rob Kall

Is the USA Attacking WIth Denial of Service Attacks?
by Rob Kall
It has been reported that was taken down because of massive denial of service attacks. This raises the question, "Who is coordinating these attacks?" Some experts have speculated that some hackers who were annoyed by Wikileaks unleashed these attacks. I don't buy it. There's something more interesting going on here. I think the US government may be involved and that raises a lot of questions.

The Brazilian Cables: US Upset Brazil Puts Interests of Activists Ahead of Counterterrorism By Kevin Gosztola

By Kevin Gosztola
The Brazilian Cables: US Upset Brazil Puts Interests of Activists Ahead of Counterterrorism

Cables from Brazil released by WikiLeaks reveal the United States has been pushing Brazil to take the threat of terrorism more seriously and institutionalize counterterrorism into their legal system. They reveal the U.S. has attempted to have Guantanamo detainees resettled in Brazil but has had no success and that sometimes law enforcement. And, they demonstrate that Brazil may be hesitant to charge suspects with terrorism...

Murat Nemet-Nejat: Introduction to The Spiritual Life of Replicants/ "A Few Thought On Fragments" at Jerome Rothenberg's

Murat Nemet-Nejat is one of the  great & extraordinary writers today--in poetry, essays, translations and the book Peripheral Spaces of Photography.  Nemet-Nejat has created an extraordinary constellation of works, "oriented" so to speak by/with the concept of EDA, which finds its fullest expression in essays, Introduction and translations in the Anthology of Turkish Contemporary Poetry of that title.

The poetry in EDA is one of the great revelations of a poetry and poetics of our time, and is very appropriate that these pieces by Murat are appearing at Jerome Rothenberg's blog, itself an ongoing Anthology to join with the three volumes already published in his magnificent series POEMS FOR THE MILLENNIUM.

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My essay "A Few Thoughts On Fragments, which is my afterword to my new poem
*The Spiritual Life of Replicants*, has just been posted in Jerome
Rothenberg's blog *Poems and Poetics*. Anyone interested can read it at the
following address:*


Murat Nemet-Nejat: Introduction to The Spiritual Life of Replicants/ "A Few Thought On Fragments" at Jerome Rothenberg's

Murat Nemet-Nejat is one of the  great & extraordinary writers today--in poetry, essays, translations and the book Peripheral Spaces of Photography.  Nemet-Nejat has created an extraordinary constellation of works, "oriented" so to speak by/with the concept of EDA, which finds its fullest expression in essays. Introduction and translations in the Anthologyof Contemporary Poetry of that title.

The poetry in EDA is one of the great revelations of a poetry and poetics of our time, and is very appropriate that these pieces by Murat are appearing at Jerome Rothenberg's blog, itself an ongoing Anthology to join with the three volumes already published in his magnificent series POEMS FOR THE MILLENNIUM.

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My essay "A Few Thoughts On Fragments, which is my afterword to my new poem
*The Spiritual Life of Replicants*, has just been posted in Jerome
Rothenberg's blog *Poems and Poetics*. Anyone interested can read it at the
following address:*


Thursday, December 02, 2010

Human Rights Watch: : Abuses by Guinea’s Security Forces | Sharia Law in Indonesia

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December 2, 2010

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Abuses by Guinea's Security Forces
Officers Take Sides Politically, Abuse People Affiliated With Certain Party

When contested election results in Guinea led to outbreaks of political and ethnic violence, security forces used lethal force against some protesters and targeted the Peuhl ethnic group – who supported a different party than most security force members did.

At least seven people died and 220 were wounded in the post-election violence, which erupted between supporters of presidential candidates Alpha Condé and Cellou Dalein Diallo and security forces in several cities.

Interviews with 80 victims and witnesses made clear that security forces, dominated by ethnic groups who largely supported Condé's party, used excessive force to suppress violent protests by the Peuhl, who were rioting because of perceived electoral irregularities against Diallo, their candidate.

Officers made ethnic comments, like, "You, the Peuhl, will never rule the country." They stole mobile telephones, money, and household items from people suspected of supporting Diallo. Security forces also supported civilian mobs of Condé supporters.  

Although the officers may have sought to quell the violence that seized the cities, they failed to provide equal protection to all Guineans.

Guinea's Supreme Court is expected to announce the election results this week. Despite the violence, this election was considered Guinea's freest in 50 years.


Steps to end this cycle of state-sponsored abuse »
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Sharia Law in Indonesia
Restrictions on Dress, Association, Applied Selectively and Abusively

In Indonesia's Aceh province, two local Sharia-inspired laws regulating Islamic dress and association between members of the opposite sex not only violate fundamental rights protected under Indonesia and international law, but are applied selectively and abusively. Wealthy or politically-connected individuals are rarely affected.

Sharia police officers have interpreted the "seclusion" law to prohibit sitting and talking in a "quiet" space with a member of the opposite sex to whom one is not married or related. Those apprehended have been aggressively interrogated by officers and some are told they would be released from custody if they agreed to marry. Additionally, local laws permit private individuals, like community members, to apprehend and punish suspected violators.

Although the law requiring Islamic attire applies to men and women, it is much more onerous for women, who constitute the overwhelming majority of those reprimanded by the Sharia police. While the law requires men to cover their body between the knee and the navel, Muslim women must cover the entire body, except for hands, feet, and face.

Human Rights Watch takes no position on Sharia law per se, which supporters say is a system of guidance on all matters in life. But these two laws violate Indonesia's commitment to its citizens.


First-hand accounts include beatings for breaking these laws »
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Western Sahara: Beatings, Abuse by Moroccan Security Forces
Moroccan security forces repeatedly beat and abused people they detained following disturbances on November 8, in the Western Sahara capital city of El-Ayoun. Security forces also directly attacked civilians, a Human Rights Watch investigation showed.
Israel: Soldiers' Punishment for Using Boy as 'Human Shield' Inadequate  
The slap on the wrist for these soldiers is another slap in the face for the victims of violations during Operation Cast Lead. Not only do these sentences seem unjustifiably lenient, but two years later, they are the only sentences Israel has handed down for serious human rights violations among the many alleged during the Gaza offensive.
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The South is the epicenter of HIV infection in the United States, but southern states resist proven methods of HIV prevention and refuse to provide adequate funding for HIV care and services. This is a public health failure, but also a violation of fundamental human rights for those at risk and infected with HIV.
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Apocryphal Theatre lab at The People Show in London on Dec. 10!

Subject: Apocryphal Theatre lab at The People Show in London on Dec. 10!
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2010 07:23:39 +0000

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Please join Apocryphal Theatre Lab for our upcoming lab showing of our newest experiments in working with the sacred and celebrity.  It's at The People Show, which is an amazing theatre in Bethnal Green.   As it's a pay what you can event, it won't cost you more than you can afford so we'd love to have you come along, have a drink with us and get your feedback.  Please do RSVP if interested as there is limited seating and it's a one-off event...and of course please forward this invite on to those who may be interested.  
Looking forward to seeing you there!

APOCRYPHAL THEATRE is delighted to present
It's not a cul-de-sac, it's a conduit

a lab showing w. after show discussion

10 dec 2010, 7:30 for 8:00pm start
pay what you can:  RSVP / 07952219822
The People Show, Pollard Row,  Bethnal Green, London E2 6NB
nearest tube/train/bus stop: Bethnal Green
Apocryphal Theatre would like to invite you to see us play for the first time at The People Show! Please come along to see our latest experiments, following on a residency in April at Rose Bruford College, we have been working with what is sacred, what is celebrity and what part of ourselves do we find in each of these?  We are working from the twin poles of William James' Varieties of Religious Experience and the contemporary worship of the celebrity, asking ourselves were saints the celebrities of religion?  Do celebrities have a certain demi-god status?  How does this affect how we see, feel, experience, express the sacred or celebrity now and how do they coexist inside us?

Please do join us and stay around afterward to tell us what you experience during the evening and ask us any questions you may have whilst enjoying a drink with us during this festive season - to benefit the two good causes of Apocryphal Theatre and The People Show (who have generously hosted the lab this season). 

The all-singing, all-dancing crew for this event are:  Bill Aitchison, Danielle Antha, Julia Lee Barclay, Alison Blunt, Zoe Bouras, Kati Francis, Birthe Jorgensen, Maria Kapsali, Steve Potter, Karla Ptacek.
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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Public Citizen: The new oil industry watchdogs

Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2010 14:22:48 -0500
Subject: The new oil industry watchdogs


The Oil Spill Commission will begin deliberations this week on its final report and recommendations, due to be released on January 11.

Please join Public Citizen in advocating for strong citizen participation in overseeing oil and gas activities in the Gulf.

Sign our petition urging the Commission to recommend the establishment of Regional Citizens' Advisory Councils.

After the Exxon Valdez spill, Congress set up Regional Citizens' Advisory Councils for Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet in the State of Alaska. These Councils resulted in improved environmental safeguards and substantially safer and more reliable transportation and spill response capabilities in Alaska.

The citizens of the Gulf Coast deserve the same structure to monitor and provide recommendations for exploration, development, production, coastal refining and transportation of oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico and for prevention, response and restoration measures related to the social, economic, health and environmental impacts of an incident that could result in a significant oil or gas release into the Gulf.

Sign the Gulf Coast Citizens' Advisory Councils Petition to support coastal communities' role in protecting their environment and securing their livelihoods.

Lax government oversight contributed to the BP oil spill disaster, but increased government regulation alone cannot prevent future accidents. A council of Gulf Coast citizens—including representatives of commercial and charter fishing, the tourism industry, indigenous and socially vulnerable populations, conservationists and municipal governments—with knowledge of their communities and a direct interest in promoting safer oil and gas operations is needed.

Thank you for your continued support on this issue. The oil has stopped flowing from the well, but there is still much that needs to be done to make the Gulf and its communities whole again. The establishment of Regional Citizens' Advisory Councils will be a significant step toward that end.

Thanks for all you do,

Allison Fisher
Outreach Director, Energy Program
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Brass check TV: TSA airport abuses continue unabated

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Date: Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 4:26 AM
Subject: TSA airport abuses continue unabated
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A friend wrote to tell me his attractive 17 year old
daughter was singled out of line at Oakland Airport
last night to be m'olested by TSA agents.

They are NOT backing off and anyone celebrating the
"success" of protests is delusional.

Meanwhile, the video below that PROVES beyond any shadow
of a doubt that these scan machines and gropings are
NOT security measures is being ignored.


* The FBI does not use scanners to protect its headquarters
in Washington DC - it uses bomb sniffing dogs which are
not only cheaper, they are infinitely more reliable

* In Iraq and Afghanistan where suicide bombers are a real
problem, the US military does not use electronics to detect them,
they use bomb-sniffing dogs

* In Russia, the site of the supposed "bra bomber," the
response has been to bring in bomb-sniffing dogs
NOT to molest random women travelers.

How could is possibly be more clear?

The scanners and gropings are NOT proper security
measures - the FBI knows it, the US military knows
it, and the military air security in Russia knows it.

Yet, Americans are not getting these facts.

Guys, it's up to you now.

I dug this material up and put it together.  I can't spread

If you don't force the news media - alternative and
mainstream - to cover this, get used to having your
wives, sisters, friends and children molested by
any TSA agent with a hard on - and it won't just be
limited to airports.


- Brasscheck

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[It's LIQUID News] Wyspa Institute of Art - Alternativa Contemporary Visual Arts Festival 2010-2012

Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 14:31:05 +0100
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November 30, 2010
Wyspa Institute of Art - Alternativa Contemporary Visual Arts Festival 2010-2012
Wyspa Institute of Art
Alternativa Contemporary Visual Arts Festival 2010-2012
It is dark. It is cold. And it is late. In the critical space of the Gdansk Shipyard, Alternativa Contemporary Visual Arts Festival 2010-2012 - a new project by Wyspa Institute of Art - commences its two-year journey.
Alternativa will launch its programme of exhibitions at the end of May 2011 and the programme will culminate in June-September 2012.
Alternativa Housewarming, planned for December 3-5, is a three-day pilot that publicly unveils Hall 90B, an industrial building across the street from Wyspa which will be a key location for Alternativa exhibitions and events in 2011-12.
December 3, 8-10pm
Building 90B

Under the leading title Secrets and Lies, Alternativa unveils its space for just one night on December 3rd. It does so without flourish or fanfare, but unfolds eventfully into the cold, dark night.
Loosely relating to the movie by Mike Leigh and its main character, an optometrician, the event makes possible, as well as delimits, our visual perception and causes us to reflect on the political repercussions of that. Although born in a space, Secrets and Lies is to be sensed as choreography and events in time. In the dark, something will be happening and there will be some light too. The immediate surroundings are uncertain, just as the future of the Shipyard is uncertain, bonds shattered and representations appriopriated. Small groups will enter the space.  In 30 minutes, our understanding of space and time and the possibility of representing it through art will shift.
Artists: Angelika Fojtuch | Elzbieta Jabłońska | Grzegorz Klaman | Kasia Krakowiak| Anna Molska |Dominika Skutnik | Ślina (Roman Dziadkiewicz and Łukasz Jastrubczak) | Mariusz Waras
December 4
Critical Malfunction

In Linda Pollack's hospitable Habeas Lounge, a group of Alternativa curators and invited guests will take part in a barcamp event about the denied aspects of cultural production as proposed by curator Kuba Szreder. All critical practitioners, devoted to tweaking mechanisms of art making, have encountered on their paths many systemic failures, made individual mistakes, and\or discovered problems irresolvable from their current position. The systemic failures or personal mistakes are evidence of critical malfunctions of cultural production, the noises made by social machines when they are cracked, hacked, overheated. Confirmed participants include Karen Ibrahim (Critical Practice) |Marsha Bradfield (Critical Practice) | Metod Blejec (Critical Practice) |Michał Herer| Ola Hirszfeld |Heimo Lattner | Martin Kaltwasser | Viviana Checchia |Tanja Purebic (Radical Educational Collective) and Pola Dwurnik
Pecha Kucha Night vol 7
Organized by Lowbudget - design collective from Gdansk
Chicago Boys: while we were singing they were dreaming.
An evening of music played by a 70s revival band and neo-liberalism study group assembled by Hiwa K.  The band plays popular music from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, England, Bangladesh, Poland and Lebanon in the 1970s, followed by presentations from archives relating to personal memories and neo-liberal policies.
Cihat Arinc| Janna Graham | Hiwa K | Helene Kazan | Amal Khalaf | Roshi Nasehi | Abbas Nokhasteh | Shimon Sakakibara | Lawrence Abu Hamdan will be joined by Clinton Heneke and local musicians, presenters and enthusiasts.
December 5

Postulating the Postulates: a part of My Daily Constitution project by Linda Pollack.
On the fringe of the exhibition Re-designing the East/ Political Designers, Linda Pollack invites artists, curators of the project and guests to revisit the famous 21 demands of the 1980 Gdansk Shipyard strike that brought to life one of the most interesting social moments in Europe - Solidarnosc. Confirmed participants are Oliver Ressler, Linda Pollack and Grzegorz Klaman.
During the Alternativa Housewarming events, the exhibitions "Political Designers" curated by Maks Bochenek and "Democracies" by Artur Żmijewski at Wyspa, and "Selection" by Dorota Nieznalska at Modelarnia, will be open until 11 pm.
Also, the first book in the Alternativa Editions Series  titled "Grzegorz Klaman" will be available in the Wyspa bookstore.
Alternativa is an initiative of the Wyspa Institute of Art under the artistic directorship of Aneta Szylak. It operates in collaboration with the City of Gdansk, Gdansk 2016 Office and is supported by Municipality of Gdansk, European Union.
Wyspa Institute of Art
Alternativa Housewarming
December 3-5, 2010
Artistic Director: Aneta Szylak
Gdansk, Doki 1/145B, 102B, 90B
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Monday, November 29, 2010

*Action: Out of Afghanistan Call-In Days: Tuesday Nov 30 & Wednesday Dec 1

*Action: Out of Afghanistan Call-In Days: Tuesday Nov 30 & Wednesday Dec 1
Call your member of Congress: Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121
Ask your member of Congress to do the following:
1) Join the Out of Afghanistan Caucus and
2) Co-sponsor HR 6045, Barbara Lee's bill limiting the use of government funds to the " safe and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan" of all military personnel and Defense Department contractors.

Wikileaks Honduras: State Dept. Busted on Support of Coup

Wikileaks Honduras: State Dept. Busted on Support of Coup
According to a leaked cable, by July 24, 2009, the U.S. government was totally clear about the basic facts of what took place in Honduras on June 28, 2009. But a month after the cable was sent, the State Department was publicly pretending that the facts were murky and needed further study. Why did the State Department drag its feet, pretending that facts which it knew to be clear-cut were murky? Why didn't the State Department speak publicly after July 24 with the same moral clarity as the July 24 cable from the Embassy in Honduras? Had it done so, history might have been different.

Why this matters now: because major US media refuse to report evidence of US "involvement" in coups in Venezuela, Haiti, and Honduras, or acknowledge that it exists, and that's why we're trying to help as many Americans as possible see the Oliver Stone documentary, "South of the Border."

Leo Gerard - Corporate rewards: Controlling U.S. trade policy

Leo Gerard - Corporate rewards: Controlling U.S. trade policy
It's not just Americans who oppose the South Korea trade deal, notes Steelworkers President Leo Gerard, writing in The Hill. In the week leading up to the G-20 meetings in Seoul, trade unionists, farmers, peasants and students filled the streets in marches and candle light vigils to express outrage with the proposed agreement, including its provisions giving U.S. corporations the right to challenge South Korean laws in private tribunals. In October, 35 South Korean lawmakers joined 20 U.S. Representatives in writing President Obama and Korean President Lee Myunk-bak to protest the proposal.

Gao Brothers: Grandeur and Catharsis at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

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November 29, 2010

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Gao Brothers, "The Execution of Christ," 2009.
Bronze and stainless steel, 79 1/4 x 94 1/2 x 59 inches.*

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Gao Brothers: Grandeur and Catharsis
On view now through January 2, 2011

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, Missouri 64111

First Museum Exhibition in US for China's Gao Brothers at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

On view now through January 2 only in Kansas City

Chinese artists Gao Qiang and Gao Zhen, known as the Gao Brothers, have collaborated on their art since 1985. Much of the Gao Brothers' work is inspired by their family's experiences during China's Cultural Revolution (1966–76). Due to their subject matter, the Gaos' works are frequently censored by authorities in China. Featuring large-scale sculpture, painting, and photography, the exhibition Gao Brothers: Grandeur and Catharsis is the artists' first museum exhibition in the United States. The exhibition, curated by London-based scholar Arthur Hwang, is on view now through January 2, 2011, only at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri. Admission is free.

In 1968 the artists' father was arrested as a counter revolutionary, and days later he died while in custody. Their father was among the estimated 1.5 million people who died during the Cultural Revolution, when much of China's cultural heritage and family foundations were destroyed. The Gao Brothers' works of art seek to understand China's complicated history and government controlled by the Communist Party. The Gaos' works range from politically charged to satirical and irreverent works, but in the end the brothers seek to understand the wrongs and shortcomings of China's past. In many of their works, Mao Zedong (1893–1976), former leader of the People's Republic of China, plays the lead, but in others, viewers find a variety of portraits of famous and infamous public figures.

With many of their works of art critical of the Chinese government and its leaders, the Gao Brothers find it difficult for them to express themselves freely as artists and generally show their works at secret art exhibitions to avoid seizure of their works by authorities. In 2006, an exhibition of their works in Beijing's gallery district, called 798, had several works removed by the government.

The brothers are not afraid to create contextually loaded, controversial works of art. In the sculpture Execution of Christ (2009), a half dozen life-sized bronze sculptures of Mao Zedong point bayonets at a life-sized sculpture of Jesus Christ. At the back of the group, one Mao appears to be turning away from the execution, perhaps regretting or rethinking his act. The positioning of the artwork's figures mirror two well-known paintings, Francisco de Goya's The Third of May 1808 (The Executions on Príncipe Pío hill) (1814) and Edouard Manet's The Execution of Maximilian (1867–69). In both works, a central figure stands before a firing squad. When China became a communist state in the 1940s, its government adopted atheism and forced many religious followers, including Christians, to observe their faith in secret.

Other works mock Mao and China's evolving practice of Communism. In the outdoor sculpture Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin's Head (2009), a relatively small Mao figure balances on the head of Vladimir Lenin (1870–1924), leader of Russia's Bolshevik revolution and first head of the USSR. After Mao's forces defeated Chiang Kai-shek and his army in 1949, China emerged as the People's Republic of China and private enterprises became state owned and farms became collectives. In this monumental sculpture, the artists satirize the careful balancing act that China practices today now that it has evolved into State Capitalist economy controlled by the Communist party.

Kansas City's Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art boasts a rapidly growing permanent collection of modern and contemporary works of artists from around the world and in three locations—the signature Gunnar Birkerts-designed building, Kemper at the Crossroads, and Kemper East. The Museum (4420 Warwick Blvd.) is open 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tuesday–Thursday; 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Friday–Saturday; and 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Sunday. Admission is free.

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Photo by Bruce Mathews.

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