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Faces of Free Expression

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THE ONLY WAY TO COUNTER REPRESSION IS BY REVEALING IT.

-Ahmed Mansoor

An engineer, poet and father of four, Mansoor is the United Arab Emirates’ most celebrated human-rights activist. In 2018, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He is being kept in solitary confinement.

About the Exhibit

The International Free Expression Project is presenting the "Faces" exhibit in partnership with IFEX, a global network of more than 100 non-governmental organisations committed to promoting and defending the right to freedom of expression. It is being displayed here in virtual form and in physical form on the facade of the former Post-Gazette newspaper building in the U.S. city of Pittsburgh, as illustrated at the top of this page.

 

IFEX launched their “Faces of Free Expression” 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. Their tenacity and sacrifice — and that of thousands of others in this global struggle — are an inspiration.

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A Marketplace of Ideas

IFEP is working to create a "Marketplace of Ideas" in the vast abandoned pressroom of the former Post-Gazette building. Visitors will find an international mix of immersive educational exhibits, makerspaces, artists' markets, performance venues and food and beverage — an explosion of expression.

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WE ARE JOURNALISTS, AND WE WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED. WE WILL SHINE THE LIGHT. WE WILL HOLD THE LINE. 

-Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa is a tenacious Filipina-American journalist who faces years in prison for exposing corruption in the government of President Rodrigo Duterte. A #HoldTheLine coalition of 80 organizations and activists, including IFEP, is campaigning to elevate her efforts.

A Center for Collaboration

The International Free Expression Project's partnership with IFEX in presenting the "Faces" exhibit is an example of the international collaborations IFEP is developing to design, program and enliven the "Marketplace of Ideas."

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THERE ARE CROOKS EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK NOW. THE SITUATION IS DESPERATE.

-Daphne Caruana Galizia

This was Caruana Galizia’s final blog post before she was murdered in 2017. A passionate, probing and fearless investigative journalist, she paid the ultimate price for exposing corruption in Malta. 

Thank you to those who have made
this exhibition possible.

DiCicco Development Inc.

Catherine and Donald Augenstein

Henry John Simonds Foundation

The Pittsburgh Foundation

Block Communications Inc.

William W. Victor

John Oller

Jill and Norbert Buelsing

Arthur Beeman and Cate Elsten

Rekha Shukla

Faces illustrations by Florian Nicolle / © IFEX
Marketplace renderings by Max Winters and Christopher Ruane / © IFEP
Mai Khoi photo by Hannah Phillips (Piper Creative) / © IFEP
Svetlana Alexievich photo by Ulf Andersen / © Getty Images
Jamal Khashoggi illustration by Daniel Marsula / © IFEP
Exhibit design by Daria Locher, IFEP creative coordinator
Murals by Alphagraphics Pittsburgh

The Artist Behind Faces

Florian Nicolle was commissioned by IFEX to create the illustrations for Faces of Free Expression. He is a digital artist and freelance illustrator whose work communicates kinetic freshness and spontaneity using layers of newsprint, watercolor, pencil, and digital painting. Nicolle’s work also has been commissioned by brands such as Nike, Adobe, Warner Brothers and ESPN. Both his commissioned and personal work can be found on Behance.