While Parisians and France in general struggles to face up to the terror attack on their nation and their liberty, and reacts defiantly after the terrorist attacks that took place in their city last week. To help, arts organisations Artlabz and Galerie 28Bis have organised a charity art exhibition, inviting all artists “moved” by the tragic events to submit work created in response to the tragic events that unfolded around the offices of Charlie Habdo, and the kosher Paris supermarket.
The exhibition, entitled “Charlie Hexpo: L’Art contre la Haine,” translated as Charlie Hexpo: Art Against Hatred, will open tomorrow evening and will remain open until next Wednesday.
Aladdin Charni, one of the organisers, told the press: “We wanted to react as quickly as possible to the events because our aim was to exhibit works created while the emotions are still raw, If we had taken more time to prepare it and given more time to the artists, the results would probably have been very different,” he explained.
The initiative which was launched only last Friday, just two days after the attacks, but the response has been swift and strong with up to 50 works, including drawings, photographs, videos, and paintings, that have already been submitted to the group exhibition. Meanwhile, the show’s Facebook event has racked up a whopping 2,700 RSVP’ed guests expected to attend in support of Liberté, free speech, and the right to artistic expression.
The organisers are aiming to curate and exhibit up to 40 works, which will be up for sale with prices ranging from €12 to €1,500. All proceeds of which will be donated to the families of the victims of the attacks, although Charni told the press that as yet the families of the victims have not been contacted. “Charlie Hexpo: L’Art contre la Haine” will run January 15 to 21, 2015 at Galerie 28Bis in Paris.