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Sculptor Gerard Voisin to be named UNESCO Artist for Peace

French sculptor and poet Gérard Voisin will receive the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace from Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura on July 7 during a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters (Ségur Hall, 6 p.m.). The inauguration of a retrospective exhibition of his work, to be held at UNESCO from July 7 to August 19, follows the ceremony.

Gérard Voisin is being honored “in recognition of his artistic career, which reflects cultural diversity, dialogue and tolerance between people, in memory of the fight against slavery.”

Born in Nantes, France, in 1934, Mr Voisin is “a citizen of the world”, in the words of Mr Matsuura. Both his sculpture and poetry are deeply inspired by the myths and history of his native region, but reveal his universal vision. His love of African art, another major source of inspiration, grew out of his study of the port of Nantes’ painful links to the slave trade. His sculptures, in bronze and wood, are an affirmation of the dialogue between cultures.

UNESCO’s Artists for Peace are international celebrities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to help promote UNESCO’s message and programmes. Among them are Japanese painter Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola, Spanish dancer Joaquín Cortés, Mozambican painter Malangatana and Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil, now Brazil’s Minister of Culture.

Source Press Release N°2005-79
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Publication Date 05 Jul 2005
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