Torture – Does This Represent American Value?

Miami : Under the rainy Sunday afternoon sky of Jan 11, 2015 the peace activist – artist Huong and 75 people join in the nation wide protest from their hub in Miami in front of the gate of the Southern Command in Doral.
Their demand is the same as it has been for 13 years : GUANTANAMO – CLOSE IT NOW !
As the rain water soaked and darkened Huong’s white gauge canvases stained with red paint carried on the shoulders of the protesters, the paintings sent a wave of shock; to see pain, suffering, torture and to realize the dirty practice by Uncle Sam is a subject that can be easy be pushed aside most of our living days, but to expose the public the truth of torture leaves us stunned and still. Holding high above the fen is another commanding message: NO TORTURE is a set on mural panels painted by artist Serefima Solokov, who worked along with Huong from the beginning of Iraq war Protest in 2004 as a newly graduated Intern from FIU. These No Torture paintings present the face of horror victims and the torture techniques being inflicted on them. The mural images pierce through your soul , sinks your heart and questions your conscience: Torture – Does this represent The American value? Huong asked the crowd and lets them soak in their own answers.

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This call to end torture and cultivate peace is at the center of Huong’s artwork, who was a mother, war refugee, boat people and former a journalist, she escaped at the end of the Vietnam war in 1975. Facing the barrier of a new language Huong broke the pen and trades for a brush, continuing her Journalism through her art. Huong has had more than 100 solo exhibits nation wide, addressing the world issues of war, peace and Justice. For her current works google: Miami artist Huong.

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For more information on the Close It Now movement please visit the following press release links:

Miami Herald coverage

NBC 6 coverage

Fight Back News coverage

Visit People’s Opposition to War, Imperialism, and Racism on their Facebook Page.

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Child Soldiers

Children are the most vulnerable things on earth, and unfortunately when it comes to war, they are never left out of the equation. Child soldiers have been used throughout history with the first mention of them with the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. Unfortunately, child soldiers have become the norm in too many impoverished and neglected countries in the world even to this day. One country alone is already too many.

Children are feeble minded and thus incredibly susceptible to propaganda and brain washing. They are preyed on by ruthless warlords around the world and turned into little machines of death and destruction. The warlords kill their families and take them under their wings and transform them into mindless assassins. Many of the times they are drugged up over and over until they are dependent on the drugs and willing to do anything to get their supply.

The United Nations has done their best to pass international laws and regulations but it only goes so far against criminals who have no care for any kind of law. Even still, it is legal for many countries to have children as young as fifteen serving in the army. We must pressure the world on acting accordingly as we cannot live in a world where children are taught to pick up guns and use them on any living creature, let alone a human being.

The places that are mostly affected are the countries where the term “third-world” may be considered an upgrade from what they are. A host of countries in Africa including the Ivory Coast, Sudan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, and Uganda. It doesn’t get any better as you go on to Asia with easily over a dozen countries using child soldiers. Some of those countries include Afghanistan, Burma/Myanmar, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Nepal, The Philippines, and Palestine. It doesn’t get much better when you go to Latin American countries such as Bolivia and Colombia where the drug wars over the years have been so out of control.

Child soldiers have been used all throughout history as militants, messengers, spies, crooks, and even guards. This despicable crime continues even to this day where many countries continue this practice while engaging in wars, crimes, and numerous other conflicts between political factions. Continents all around the world suffer from these hostile environments which breed warlords and criminals of all kinds. It is a practice we all have to do our part to stop because the future of the world is being corrupted. But the sad truth of the matter is that these kids have already had everything taken from them, and if we don’t do our part to help them now, there may never be a future for them to look forward to.

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Good Mourning, Vietnam

GOOD MOURNING, VIETNAM

Best Artist of 1988 - XS Magazine
Best Artist of 1988 – XS Magazine

40 years after the Chaos that was Vietnam comes a war testimony that make your heart wrench.

Miami: Save a date for Huong 7pm – 10pm meet the artist Friday April 22nd, 2015 and view her Art documentary of American War history.

It has been said that great art come from great sorrow. Huong endured enough sorrows for a lifetime in her first 25 years.

“Every time I look at the horror on the faces of today’s war victims I see myself in them.” She explains. “ Suddenly all the pain and anger I’ve buried deep inside me burst onto the surface like a bleeding wound.” Blood-drenched, dark sinister visions replaced sunny vistas. Horrific visions with titles like “Faces of War,” “The War Wedding Gift,” “ Wrath of Flags” underscored the visual anguish. The slaughter of the men, the maiming and abuse of children and the enslavement and debasement of women all became a part of Huong’s dark vision.

Wounded birds, skull and bones, screaming children, leering death heads and bloodstained flags of the 10 nations that fought on Vietnam’s soil drape the hellish landscapes tiny Huong painstankingly creates on oversized canvases.

“I thought I could do ‘The War Pieces’ and then move on,” says the artist in her South Miami Studio. “ Now I know it will be with me the rest of my life, as long as, the war still escalating around the world.”

Over nearly four decades, she has addressed human rights, justice, war and ultimately, peace.

“She has an amazing life story that has influences her art and her activism,” says Carol Damian, director and chief curator of the Patricia and Phillip Frost museum at Florida International University (FIU).

“She would not have this ability if she hadn’t suffered herself and totally appreciates what it is like to be oppressed exiled and alone,” Damian says. “Her work forces conversations, and her larger mission being peace and compassion.”

WHAT: NO MORE WAR
WHERE: PEACE MURAL GALLERY
1606 Washington Ave. Miami Beach FL, 33139

WHEN: Friday7-10pm, April 24th, 2015. (Meet the artist)
Daily 12-8pm, April 24th – May 1st

WHO: Sponsored by the Peace Mural Foundation & 420 Lincoln
Visit: http://huongwarpiece.org for more info
Contact Person(s)

The artist Huong– (305) 534-0460
huong@huong.org

Elliott Moncrieff – (407) 929-8266
emonc010@fiu.edu

Jesse Alejos–    (407) 346-1886
Jalej005@fiu.edu

Of Her Treasure
Of Her Treasure

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