WE ARE MILLIONS
The Courage Foundation, supported by DiEM25, has launched #WeAreMillions, a massive photo campaign to demonstrate global support for WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange as he fights extradition to the United States, where he would face unprecedented prosecution.
Journalists and whistleblowers are in jail or on trial, and their ability to hold governments accountable is at risk around the world. We are using an art platform to promote the right to know, to defend press freedom and to stand up for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
Our participative art piece and exhibition is based on three main pillars:
- We define a visual language that emphasizes individual portraits and their facial expressions while displaying cross-borders solidarity. As these photographs are collected world-wide and contributed with very diverse lights, colors and production quality, we decided to limit them to Black & White, to bring a visual unity of international solidarity.
- We display a diverse multitude. Ordinary persons and very prominent cultural, artistic and political figures are mixed together. We express a synergy of people, old and young, known and less known, standing against mighty and brutal power structures that for a decade are working to kill a courageous journalist in slow motion.
- We illuminate through action something that dominant media corporations have been trying to conceal over the years. By exhibiting this multitude of portraits in public space, our intention is to show the support of courageous individuals to the causes defended by Assange, beyond the attacks against his persona. We also demonstrate civil disobedience – the exhibitions are not always authorized – and a form of resistance to the dominant discourse. Courage is contagious. We want to spread it on the walls of our streets and beyond, to engage everyone to become part of the efforts of those who fight for truth.
As one song from Laibach says: “We are millions and millions are one”.