Passion for Freedom Festival will comprise two exhibitions taking place in November 2014 in a gallery in central location in London. The Festival will present selected works from artists, film makers and writers whose work speaks for freedom and artists selected from an open submission.
Passion for Freedom invites submissions from visual artists involved in practice of painting, [ Read more ]
The annual celebration brings together artists, filmmakers, writers and journalists from all over the world to our City of London. Here, unafraid, we exhibit and debate the most important issues that relate to Freedom, its loss and fight to get it back. This Autumn we are honoured to host Gary Hill, Deeyah, Lee Weinberg and Sarah Maple as our competition judges.
We are excited to announce Miriam Elia as our Special Guest Artist, her recent court case has brought her notoriety in the politically correct circles. We would host distinguished guests from every corner of the world to join our movie screenings, presentations, performances and to come and discuss brave artists’ works.
The Passion For Freedom is turning this year’s event into a two-week protest against the disgraceful treatment of artists who are banned to make work and travel, who are jailed and even sentenced to death for their art! The opening gala will take place at the Embassy Tea Gallery next to Tate Modern on the 8th November 2014.
We are all with brave artist and we never give up!
Miriam Elia – Guest Artist
Born in 1982 to a family of crack head midgets, and raised under the floorboards of famed Soho Bordello ‘The Neon Vagina,’ Miriam Elia’s first words, aged two years one month were: “Video Installation.” Her agent immediately recommended she become a Conceptual Artist. Within three years, she had won the Tumble-tots Turner Prize for her seminal piece ‘Bits of Crayon in Mouth’ (1985). On her journey to adulthood, Miriam re-invented the concept of the childhood birthday party, with songs and games such as ‘Pin the Tail on the Abstract Donkey,’ ‘Pass the Mould of the Inside of the Parcel’ and ‘When You’re Happy and You Know It, Ask Yourself Why?’
Her career has since followed a downward trajectory. In 1995, she lost her midget father in the Aztec zone of Channel 4’s ‘The Crystal Maze.’ A year later she was thrown out of the Royal College of Art for her poster ‘Hitler Couldn’t Get Into Art school, but you Can.’ Miriam soon found herself back in The Neon Vagina disinfecting the used mattresses, on weekends performing her tired stand-up comedy at Weddings and Bar Mitzvahs.
She enjoys walks in the park; mini-golf, Top trumps, and regular afternoon family crack sessions in her art studio (a converted garden shed). In the past, Miriam has worked as a casual backstreet abortionist and freelance abattoir worker. Miriam Elia -is a Visual Artist and Sony nominated Comedian. Her diverse work includes illustrated books, art-shows, prints, drawings, short films, radio comedy and animations. She frequently collaborates in writing with her brother Ezra Elia.