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London’s Union Chapel will host a compelling exhibition supporting human rights across East Asia. Named “A Canvas of Courage,” the exhibition showcases activist artists from Hong Kong, Myanmar, Thailand, and Malaysia, confronting censorship and repression.

This collaboration between Amnesty International UK and Artvocate.co aims to explore powerful expressions of resistance and human rights promotion. Its objective is to illuminate powerful expressions of resistance, promote human rights, and foster connections between diaspora activists and artists.

Notable pieces include Jens Galschiøt’s “Pillar of Shame” depicting the 4th June Massacre, alongside works by established activist artists like James Earley, Sai, and Fahmi Reza.

The exhibition delves into the collective experience of human rights violations shared across cultures and geographic boundaries. Activist artists, including James Earley and Sai, demonstrate how art becomes a powerful tool to challenge authoritarian narratives and inspire the fight for justice and human rights. In the face of authoritarianism worldwide, the exhibition highlights the role of art as a form of resistance. Activists and artists alike are using their work to challenge oppressive regimes, shedding light on human rights violations and amplifying the voices of the repressed.

Dates: November 30 to December 10, 2023

Discussion Forum: December 2, 2023, 2:00 pm

Artist Workshop and Community Table: December 3, 2023, 12:00 pm

Venue: Union Chapel, London 19b Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN. Visit Union Chapel’s Website for more details.

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Elena Leo is the Arts & Lifestyle Editor of Ikon London Magazine.