Be part of the next Ai Weiwei/ Reporters Without Borders album !

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The project

"Liberty is about our right to question everything”

Ai Weiwei

 

 

New Project:

 

Famous Chinese dissident and internationally renowned artist, Ai Weiwei has committed to the launch of an album Ai Weiwei: 100 photos for press freedom in partnership with Reporters Without Borders.

 

We invite you to participate in a unique adventure and to contribute to the edition of the album that will be released on September 12, 2013. This collector item will help raise awareness on the surveillance mechanisms in China, a country where at least 100 journalists and netizens are jailed for speaking freely beyond the official truths told by state propaganda.

 

Two Good Reasons to Take Part in the Project :

 

     => Participate in the production of an amazing and unique album

 

Ai Weiwei offers a unique vision that comes with its own crazy and original aesthetic. For example:

 

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Study of Perspective, Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, 1995-

 

 

 

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June 1994, 1994

 

 

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Template, wooden doors and windows from destroyed Template Ming and Qing Dynasty houses (1368-1911), 2007

 

 

Or look at this:

 

 

 

Ai Weiwei is also one of the most renowned and courageous Chinese dissidents.

 

He reached mainstream acclaim for his involvement in the design of the "Bird's Nest" Olympic stadium for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. After working on the project, Ai publicly disavowed the stadium and denounced the heavy-handed policies of Chinese authorities in preparation for the Beijing Olympics.

 

While organizing an investigation for the collection of the identities of 5,000 schoolchildren, the victims of an earthquake in Sichuan in central China, Ai Weiwei was beaten by the police. Because of the beating, he received treatment in Germany, for what was diagnosed as a potentially fatal concussion.

 

Given his visible displays of protest, the Chinese government closed Ai’s blog in 2009. Ai Weiwei was later barred from leaving China in 2010 and his studio was demolished in 2011 in a surprise attack orchestrated by the local government. He was then arrested and convicted, spending 81 days in detention in inhumane conditions.

 

     => Support for freedom of information in China and the work of Reporters Without Borders

 

For over 25 years, the sale of these albums has allowed Reporters Without Borders to raise awareness and funds to be able to carry out its struggle for freedom of information and the protection of journalists.

 

 

For every album sold, 9.90 euros will be donated directly to the fight for freedom of information. This sum will be used to:

 

- Organize the loan of bulletproof vests for journalists working in war zones,

- The distribution of 250 assistance grants each year, an average of 400 euros, for journalists who have been forced to flee their country,

- Organize online security workshops to teach journalists and citizen-journalists how to protect their information and communication online,

- Continue to seek, identify and report violations of press freedom and against journalists.

 

 

Why fund it?

Funds raised on KissKissBankBank will go towards financing the technical and material production of the album. This will primarily be used for the publishing costs such as the edition, the layouts and the printing costs. In a second time, the money collected will be used for the distribution fees and the promotion of the album to the public.  We can assure you that we will make a good use of this money-raising thanks to you. Once we've reached our goal of 10,000€, the remaining money will be invested in poster campaigns and in actions to promote the album and obtain the most visibility possible.

 

Technical details about the album:

- 144 pages, on both recycled and gloss paper

- Paperback album with 20x26 cm dimensions

- Circulation: 110 000 copies

- International distribution: 18 000 copies

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FAQ Questions about the project

+ Comment apparaitra votre nom dans l'album ?

Vous êtes un fervent défenseur de la liberté de l'information et nous vous en remercions : pour toute contribution de plus de 500 euros, votre nom sera publié sur la page des remerciements en troisième de couverture, sous réserve de l'accord de Reporters sans frontières. N'hésitez pas à nous contacter pour toute question à ce sujet !

Newest comments

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Chers amis, Dernier jour de la collecte ! Si vous (ou vos amis) n'avez toujours pas apporté votre contribution à cet ouvrage majeur pour la liberté de l'information, voilà une chose qui pourrait vous motiver : jusqu'à demain 14h, le second album de la série 100 photos pour la liberté de la presse sera disponible. Sorti en 1995, il n'est évidemment plus imprimé depuis longtemps, et contient de nombreuses photos engagés, du Rwanda à l'Afrique du Sud... Revivez aussi les débuts de la lutte de Reporters sans frontières! Merci à tous
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Bon, ben y a plus qu'à ressortir trois vieilles adresses mail du fond du placard. Je signale le souci aux admins de KKBB quand même, histoire d'améliorer cette fonctionnalité par la suite...
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En somme, il faut faire une nouvelle contribution pour l'élément supplémentaire souhaité, mais avec une autre adresse email... ;-) On ne vous en veut pas, mais c'est ballot de vérifier la faisabilité technique APRÈS avoir lancé les choses... ;-)