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Diversity & Tolerance

Some will remember the fresco that Diego Rivera painted on commission for the Rockefeller family in 1933, which was completely destroyed in 1934 because it depicted Trotsky, Marx, Lenin and other communist figures right at the very heart of the temple of capitalism: the Rockefeller Center. This incident remains a significant example of intolerance in art history, but also one of audacious artistic commitment. 

Art is unfortunately not exempt from the discrimination that undermines Western society. The scarcity of female artists presented at FIAC was disguised by the presentation of a few female ‘stars’, almost enough to make us forget their under-representation in the exhibitions. This issue is also highly prevalent at other artistic events, such as the Avignon Festival, which in 2018 was criticised for its poor representation of women directors.

Beyond this, a real cultural barrier exists in the understanding, acceptance and promotion of certain artists, particularly artists of African descent, and all the more so when they find themselves at the intersection of several minority groups: of sex, race, gender or sexual orientation. The artists concerned are at the heart of issues surrounding cultural diversity and diverging creative perspectives. This is the case, for example, for Estelle Prudent, whose work, too often invisible, lead to an exhibition being vandalised in Paris in 2018. Similarly, this is an issue faced by Samuel Cueto, whose photographs highlight queer, transgender and tattooed subjects in disreputable, underground environments in the suburbs of major Thai cities.

The militant commitment of these artists, combined with their obvious passion for their work, means these types of artistic projects are now increasingly being brought to the forefront of the contemporary art scene.

This is where art bears a responsibility towards its audience: more than any other medium, pictorial art is a force for representation and the proposal of new aesthetic values and cultural references.

The power of contemporary art, and particularly photography, is to take into account both the artist and the subject. The mutual creation that emerges in an image is the result of a collaboration, or even a clash, between the artist's vision and that of the model. This is particularly striking in the photos of Marco Antonio Calvacanti, Lee Jeffries or James Sparshatt

Finally, art is a way of normalising unorthodox images that tackle society’s prejudices. A veiled woman smoking a cigarette, a shirtless nun, a couple of octogenarian lovers or an old lady casually smoking a cigar: all images that break taboos in a society still restricted by outdated conventions. Secularism, the abolition of stereotypes and the promotion of living together in harmony are subjects that artists can and must legitimately address. Their freedom of expression and experience of shared otherness are sources of inspiration for building a more just, tolerant and enlightened society.

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Gris1

Peace, 2016
19.7 x 25.6 inch
Print

$337

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Veronika Bianchi

A Prayer, 2011
15.7 x 11.8 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$4,386

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1 until, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
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$2,249

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14, 2015
14.2 x 20.1 inch
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$422

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Mantra Mandala 002, 2017
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$439

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Shepard Fairey (Obey), Peace Guard 2, Print

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$889

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Target Exceptions, Print

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Target Exceptions, 2017
24 x 18.1 inch
Print

$1,518

Jean Cocteau, Europe - Diversité de l'Europe, Print

Jean Cocteau

Europe - Diversité de l'Europe, 1961
13 x 18.1 inch
Print

$259

Lee Jeffries, Untitled XXIII, Photography

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Untitled XXIII, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Photography

$2,699

Raf Urban, Sans titre - 4, Painting

Raf Urban

Sans titre - 4, 2018
19.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$551

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Claressa Shields, 2018
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$652

Our recommendations James Sparshatt, Las Memorias, Photography

James Sparshatt

Las Memorias, 2004
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$1,007

Lee Jeffries, Untitled XIIi, Photography

Lee Jeffries

Untitled XIIi, 2015
31.5 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Photography

$2,699

James Sparshatt, Los Vientos, Photography

James Sparshatt

Los Vientos, 2001
59.1 x 70.9 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$7,817

Raf Urban, Je suis Mi-Grand, Painting

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Je suis Mi-Grand, 2019
31.5 x 22.8 x 0.4 inch
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$652

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Série Diversity Is Hope - 5, 2017
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Maiden of Tsonga, 2004
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$782

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Dominique Leroy, Femme au miroir. Femme Mursi. Ethiopie, Photography

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Dominique Leroy, Sadhus sur les ghats de Varanassi. Inde, Photography

Dominique Leroy

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Tolérance, 2016
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
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$506

Paul J Bucknall, The Blue Cross, Photography

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18 x 12 x 0.01 inch
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$609

Paul J Bucknall, Sentinel, Photography

Paul J Bucknall

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18 x 12 x 0.01 inch
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$467

Paul J Bucknall, Sisters, Photography

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18 x 12 x 0.01 inch
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$535

Hicham Benohoud, Sans Titre - The Hole, Photography

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Wabi Dossou, Masque féminin Gèlèdè, Sculpture

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Véronique Durruty, Lire à trois sur le même manuel, dans l'école religieuse de Bet Giorgis, à Lalibela, en Ethiopie, Photography

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$7,648

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Arara IV - Guacamaya. Cultura Kayapó, Brasil, 2006
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Lior Sperandeo, Balance, Photography

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Turkan, 2018
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Shepard Fairey (Obey), Global Warning, Print

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