The International Free Expression Project (IFEP) is presenting through July 4 an art installation on the façade of the former Post-Gazette Building featuring the work of Florian Nicolle (34 Boulevard of the Allies,15222). Titled "Faces of Free Expression," it honors people who fight for the right of all of us to express ourselves freely and be heard, often at grave risk to themselves.
"Faces of Free Expression" is being exhibited in partnership with IFEX, a global network of more than 100 non-governmental organizations committed to promoting and defending the right to freedom of expression. IFEX launched the “Faces” campaign to encourage people to defend free expression by sharing the stories of some who do — people who work to secure the right to information, or make it safer for journalists to do their jobs, or expand room for civil society, or hold public officials accountable, or ensure space for artistic creativity. It is hoped that their tenacity and sacrifice — and that of thousands of others in this global struggle — will inspire others to action.
Mai Khoi is a Vietnamese singer/activist and a laureate of the Vaclav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent. She currently is living in exile in Pittsburgh as an Artist Protection Fund Fellow in residence under the auspices of the University of Pittsburgh Global Studies Center. She is being co-hosted by City of Asylum and the International Free Expression Project.
Illustration by Florian Nicolle