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Johnny Depp, Peter Gabriel, Pussy Riot’s Nadya, Edward Sharpe’s Alex Ebert, Tom Morello and Ana Tijoux for The Voice Project

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Johnny Depp, Peter Gabriel, Pussy Riot's Nadya, Edward Sharpe's Alex Ebert, Tom Morello and Ana Tijoux for The Voice Project
Freedom of Expression—it’s easy to take it for granted until it’s gone. We speak up for those who speak out, for those imprisoned around the globe for having raised their voice in dissent. We have to stand up for each other, no matter the distance, no matter the borders. You never know when you’ll need the same in return.

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Teamed up with Represent, The Voice Project launched the “Imprisoned for Art” campaign Wednesday, Nov. 16, where well-known artists have been paired with currently imprisoned artists on t-shirts designed to raise awareness and funds for advocacy efforts in support of free expression and those who have been imprisoned for using their voice to speak out. The mug shots on the shirts are familiar faces, but the arrest and sentencing info on the police boards are for the less well-known, imprisoned artist each has paired with. The campaign’s goal is to step up efforts to free dissidents who are currently imprisoned for simply having used their art and their voice to speak out.

The pairings are as follows (alphabetically):

Johnny Depp
 with filmmaker Oleg Sentsov imprisoned in Russia
Alex Ebert with singer Trần Vũ anh Bình imprisoned in Vietnam
Peter Gabriel with author and journalist Dawit Isaak imprisoned in Eritrea
Tom Morello with painter and journalist Tom Dundee imprisoned in Thailand
Ana Tijoux with poet Ashraf Fayadh imprisoned in Saudi Arabia

Nadya Tolokonnikova with singer Nûdem Durak imprisoned in Turkey

Details on the available charity t-shirts from 11/16 till 12/1, in collaboration with Represent, can be found here: https://represent.com/store/thevoiceproject
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Anna Gabriel, Co-founder & Creative Director who shot the photographs, says: “We took inspiration from those classic old black and white mug shots of artists like Jim Morrison – I’ve always loved Jane Fonda’s, with her fist in the air. She’s so strongly defiant in that, it so perfectly captures that essence of someone unbowed, someone willing to speak truth to power despite the consequences. The types of people we’re defending are ones who have spoken out in spite of the consequences, and that takes courage, so I wanted to make a connection to powerful imagery. If it’s jarring to see some recognized faces with ten year sentences hanging around their necks, that’s good, it should be.”

 

More info about The Voice Project:
Defending Freedom of Expression. Supporting The Art of Activism.
More info about Represent:  

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