Thursday, May 21, 2009

Viredo Espinoza

Nacio y crecio en las barriadas
de Regla y La Habana Vieja.


Cuba Art Exhibit
Amnesty International USA, Artists for Amnesty and The City of West Hollywood present "Cabildo is Coming", an art exhibition featuring paintings and sculptures from renowned Cuban artists Viredo Espinoza, Haydee & Sahara Scull, Lazaro Amaral, Eduardo Estrada, Eduardo Funes, Leandro Soto and Ali Miranda.

The exhibition celebrates the beauty of Cuban art and culture as well as the importance of protecting and promoting freedom of expression around the world. The exhibition recognizes the role of art as an integral aspect of human rights. The City of West Hollywood and Amnesty International USA hope to educate and raise public awareness about conditions in Cuba.

On display April 1 - April 5 at the A&D Museum in West Hollywood, the exhibition commemorates the anniversary of the crackdown on dissent one year ago when 79 Cubans were arrested for the non-violent expression of their beliefs. The prisoners include journalists, human rights activists, owners of private libraries and members of banned pro-democratic political parties. They face prison terms from 5 to 20 years. One prisoner, Marcelo López Bañobre, a human rights defender with no past convictions, was sentenced in April 2003 to 15 years in prison. In addition to non-violent protest, Bañobre was also charged with sending information to Amnesty International regarding conditions in Cuba.

The City of West Hollywood was the first city in the United States to issue a Proclamation in support of the release of the prisoners. Amnesty International applauds the city for its bravery and solidarity.

It is our hope that you will view the exhibition, meet the artists, engage in spirited discourse and support our efforts on behalf of the Cuban Prisoners of Conscience and the people of Cuba.

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