Inspired by Liberty and our campaign work, Artists with Liberty: Save Our Human Rights Act has been created by a group of leading artists who believe, like we do, that human rights and civil liberties should be protected. Their work reflects the capacity art has to engage and inform on complex issues with power and beauty. We hope they inspire you to celebrate and defend your rights.
Among others, the following special prints created for Liberty will be on display for three days only at the Paul Stolper Gallery in London, from Thursday 2 June - Saturday 4 June, 2016.
- David Birkin: The Shadow of a Doubt
In 2014, David Birkin staged a pair of public performances in response to the US and UK governments' deployment of drones for the purposes of targeted assassination. The first entailed skywriting the words 'EXISTENCE OR NONEXISTENCE' above New York on Memorial Day weekend. The second, on Veterans Day -- at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month -- saw a plane circle the Statue of Liberty's torch towing a banner which read 'THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT'. These interventions were prompted by a letter that the CIA sent the American Civil Liberties Union rejecting their Freedom of Information Act request for documents relating to its classified programme. The letter states that the agency can 'neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence' of any records responsive to the request. Following the performances, people from across the city posted images to social media, including tweets from the ACLU and the actor and political activist Stephen Fry to his 12 million followers. Then, about a week after the skywriting, in what seemed an unlikely coincidence, the CIA officially joined Twitter with its maiden message: 'We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.'
- Sue Webster: A Brush with Genius
‘I executed this self-portrait spontaneously whilst blindfolded in a game of consequences with myself, I had no idea what I was doing and found it totally liberating to be that free.’
- Rachel Howard: Ali Shallal al-Qaisi
Ali Shallal al-Qaisi - The man in the most famous image from the 2003 torture and prisoner abuse scandal at the notorious Abu Ghraib Prison. Although the image is world famous his name is not. Ali Shallal al-Qaisi.
- Mat Collishaw: Mayday
Liberty leading the people through the black mask of a Dutch still life flower painting - the revolutionaries and their liveries appearing where the flowers once flourished.
- Harland Miller: Who Cares Wins
'Liberty does great work and I'm pleased to be able to support them with my own work. "Who Cares Wins" carries a fairly appropriate message. The title fits with the ethos and the aims of Liberty.'