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ABC Prisoner Art UK Tour

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TOUR DATES

SEPTEMBER 2012: London – Colorama #2
OCTOBER 2012: London – Freedom Bookshop (London ABC)
NOVEMBER 2012: Cardiff – Red & Black Umbrella (Cardiff ABC)
DECEMBER 2012: Nottingham – Sumac Centre (Autonomous Nottingham)
JANUARY 2013: Bradford – 1 in 12
FEBRUARY 2013: Liverpool – Next to Nowhere
MARCH 2013: Brighton – Cowley Club (Brighton ABC)
APRIL 2013: Plymouth – Venue TBC
MAY 2013: Bristol – Emporium (Bristol ABC)
JUNE 2013: Belfast – Warzone Collective
JULY 2013: Dublin – Seomra Spraoi

PRESS RELEASE

After a debut viewing at Kebele Social Centre in Bristol, the Anarchist Black Cross Prisoner Art Exhibition in September 2012 began it’s UK tour; visiting 13 venues in 10 cities across England, Wales and Ireland over 11 months. The exhibition features over 30 pieces, as well as poetry, from current and past radical prisoners including – Phil Africa, Peter Collins, Lucy Edkins, David Gilbert, Alvaro Luna Hernandez Hier and Thomas Meyer-Falk. The tour aims to show the artistic and poetic talent of those behind bars, as well as highlighting the political cases of the prisoners themselves. Additionally the exhibition features a wealth of sketches and writings from a Close Supervision Centre (CSC) prisoner, yet to be revealed.

Commenting on the art exhibition in July 2012, Ben Gunn a recently released lifer who spent 33 years inside said; “In attempting to see into the darkest corners of the states activities, we are privileged to have the spotlight provided by prison artists… Struggling to obtain their bare tools for creativity they tower above their captivity to reveal their unique perspective – I hope that their art invites you to think – and be moved to ACT.”

Since the beginning of the 20th Century the Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) has been on the frontline supporting and showing solidarity for those imprisoned for struggling for freedom and liberty. The organisation has by many states been deemed illegal, “terrorist” and many members have been tortured, killed, arrested, imprisoned, and fled persecution. ABC in the early years took part in the 1905 Russian Revolution (where six members were imprisoned), organised defensive units under the anarchist Black Army in Ukraine, fought against the Bolsheviks regime a decade later, and aided anarchists fleeing fascism during the Spanish Civil War and Second World War in the 1930’s.

After it’s revival in 1967 in England to aid prisoners of the Spanish resistance, ABC eventually grew into a global network of anarchist prisoner support groups; organising international days of solidarity, letter writing nights, prison demos, financial aid for prisoners, art shows, supporting struggles inside (and on top) of the prisons, and much more.

With this tour we therefore distance ourselves from mainstream, state-funded prisoner art shows, such as the exhibition launched in London by Koestler Trust this month, campaigning instead for abolition of the prison industry and all states. Or as social prisoner John Bowden puts it: “There are frontlines of class struggle thoughout the whole of society, violent interfaces where the poor and their oppressors confront each other, and prison represents one of the most overt and undisguised frontlines of class struggle that exists.” – Solidarity without prejudice article, 2009. Continue reading

Prisoner Art Exhibition this Sunday @ Kebele

Prisoner Art Exhibition Open Night @ Kebele Social Centre
Sunday 15th July @ 6:30pm

Bristol ABC will be celebrating the current prisoner art exhibition at Kebele this Sunday. The artwork is by artists who either have been or are currently behind bars. We are also proud to present the Bristol segment of the European speaking tour by Antii Rautiainen, a Finnish anarchist from Moscow who will talk about the Russian anarchist movement, it’s successes and failures.

There will be great music, projections, audio art installations and more…

Suggested donation for food (to fund Antii’s travels and art show): £3

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The Russian Anarchist Movement: A talk by Antii Rautiainen of Moscow ABC @ kebele

The Russian Anarchist Movement: A talk by Antii Rautiainen
Sunday 15th July @ Kebele Social Centre

Bristol Anarchist Black Cross presents the Bristol segment of a European speaking tour with Antti Rautiainen. A finnish anarchist from Moscow who will talk about the anarchist movement in Rusia, it’s successes and failures.

Antti lived in Moscow for 13 years, participating in anarchist activities. His residence permit was revoked in March of this yr, allegedly because he “called for violent overthrow of constitutional order, or otherwise endangered the safety of Russian Federation or its citizens”. He is a member of Autonomous Action and Moscow ABC.

The anarchist movement in Moscow has faced huge challenges recently. We strongly encourage you to come along and hear Antti’s first hand account of these experiences.

We will also be launching Bristol ABC’s new prisoner art exhibition at Kebele.

Vegan food served from: 6:30pm
Suggested donation for food: £3

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