Be Courageous, Because Courage Is Contagious
Anything to Say? Is a public art project for freedom which aims at paying homage to the courage of a few and to awaken that of all.
Charles Glass an author and a journalist, who has spent most of his life strongly defending freedom of the press, decided to publicly express how firmly he believes that the freedom to inform and be informed is.
In order to promote at best this social and democratic ideal, he decided that only an artist could really express this concept and make it accessible to the masses. This project takes shape from Glass and his friend, Davide Dormino, an Italian sculptor.
A life size bronze statue of three men standing on three chairs with one single empty fourth chair standing out at the end row, it’s your chair. The one that will allow you, if you wish, if you step on it, to express yourself, and join Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Chelsea/Bradley Manning. Three men who had the courage speak out loud. Today, they are either in jail, in exile or at home confinement for the sake of disclosing information that had been withheld, only reserved to the establishment and to those who think they have no obligation to respond to anyone, and just go their own distorted way. They have showed us the way, by risking their freedom.
This powerful sculpture, is the symbol of their courage and an urge to rouse ours, it will travel from city to city to raise awareness, to open everyone’s eyes to see to what extent the general intrusion in our private lives affects us, to prove that information and government controlled ignorance makes us prisoners, while each and every one of us has a legitimate and democratic right to know.
The project will be financed by a crowd-funding organized by Kickstarter and supported by a massive social network campaign. Project collaborators of Anything to say? are Clara Tosi Pamphili, art and fashion curator, Marco Benagli, a sculptor, Jean Michel Boissier, a journalist and administrator of Reporters sans Frontieres, and Vaughan Smith, founder of Frontline club in London.