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Anything to Say? A Monument to Courage

PEN Melbourne

Event Date: 7 March 2023

Join PEN Melbourne at 1 pm and 6 pm when we will honour the women writers of Iran, unjustly incarcerated and harassed for speaking out against the regime. Mahvash Sabet, Nasrin Sotoudeh, Narges Mohammadi and their call for Woman Life Freedom.

Anything To Say? is a life-size bronze sculpture, portraying three figures standing on chairs. The fourth chair is empty because it is ‘our’ chair.

The empty chair is for us to stand on to express ourselves, or simply to stand alongside Edward SnowdenJulian Assange, and Chelsea Manning, who had the courage to say no to the intrusion of global surveillance, and to the lies that lead to war. 

The idea was developed by Charles Glass, author, journalist and broadcaster. It was brought to life by artist Davide Dormino who believes in the power of public art.

Since its unveiling in Alexanderplatz, Berlin, in 2015 it has been installed at cultural centres around Europe including the Cologne Cathedral, Köln; Place Georges-Pompidou, Paris; the International Journalism Festival, Perugia; and now at the Queensbridge Square, Southbank,Melbourne,  before being installed in Sydney and Canberra.

Please join PEN Melbourne members and guests including John Shipton, David McBride, Dean Yates, Melbourne City Councillor Olivia Ball, and the sculptor Davide Dormino at the launch of this world-famous sculpture to justice.

This event is organised by the Assange Campaign and PEN International, Melbourne Centre – Writers for Peace

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