Artistul, poetul şi performerul Yuri LEIDERMAN mi-este de foarte mulţi ani prieten şi interlocutor. Locuieşte de mai mulţi ani la Berlin. În ultimele săptămîni acesta a devenit şi activist!
Azi am primit acest manifest, pe care-l public în întregime pe acest blog, pentru că sunt întru totul de acord că RUSIA nu mai e o ţară care are dreptul la prezenţe artistice de mare amploare, cum este bienala de artă contemporană Manifesta.
I appeal to you as an artist, participant of 1st Manifesta, European Biennale of contemporary art (1996, Rotterdam) and as native of Ukraine. It seems, the situation does not need extended explanation. My country experienced cynic impertinent military aggression from Putin's regime of Russia.
Clearly St. Petersburg is marvelous city and Hermitage is one of the most famous museums around the world. Nevertheless there was initially mistaken decision to host Manifesta 10 (2014) in a country where freedom of art expression is repressed, where imperial chauvinism and obscurantism raised in state ideology. This day such decision looks shameful. I call you to support people of Ukraine in their hard struggle for independence and future. I appeal to international art community:
BOYCOTT MANIFESTA 10 IN ST. PETERSBURG!
Yuri Leiderman, artist
Please forward to your colleges!".