Freedom of expression

Exhibition opening with Arifur Rahman, Moddi and Roar Hagen

When personal freedom and rights are violated, when “alternative facts” run rampant in the public sphere, when information is gagged and violations takes place, satirical artists have a role to play. Their task is to  expose, ridicule, disclose and insult. In many places they put their lives at risk in the process. Freedom of expression is under attack in many countries and both journalists and political artists come into the line of fire. For many artists, Internet-based channels are the only opportunity they have for publication.

The exhibition has been produced in collaboration with City of Refuge artist Arifur Rahman from Bangladesh, who was personally subjected to torture and imprisoned for his drawings. Through his online magazine,, artists from all over the world have been invited to this exhibition.

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