UN choose art crowdsourcing for Expo

Artists United against the Zero-Hunger Challenge

For their participation at Milan Expo 2015, the United Nations Expo Team have retained “Art for a better future” to select up to 60 works of art to interpret the five pillars of the Zero-Hunger Challenge and Expo’s special focus on women’s empowerment and gender equality.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will visit Expo on 16 October to receive the Milan Charter, signed by the nations which have participated in the exposdition. The Charter will fix a series of international objectives on food and sustainable development. The drafting of the Charter will begin on 31 January with a debate in the Milan Triennale.

For the first time in their participation in universal expositions, the UN will not build a single pavilion, but will instead have a presence in the form of displays in several areas around the grounds.

The UN and “Art for a better future” share the common vision that Art is a universal language that inspires positive change, eliminates barriers and unites organizations towards the common dream of a better world and society. “Art for a better future” (www.axabf.net) is the non-profit organization of pptArt, an art crowdsourcing platform working with 2,000 artists from 75 countries. The focal objective of both organizations will be to foster the internationalisation of artists from developing countries and provide them with visibility on a dedicated website and on multimedia installations in Expo 2015, where over 30 million visitors are expected.

Many artists have submitted their interpretation of the proposed themes, each with their own personal style and story. Among them is the Afghan artist Hamdullah Arbab who started painting in 1996 as refugee in Pakistan. Returning to Afghanistan, he started using art as a tool for development and peace. In 2012 he received a BA and Political Sciences from Ariana University in Jalalabad. Arbab‘s works have been exhibited and awarded throughout Afghanistan.

Another is Samuel Prophask Asamoah, artist from Ghana, who has exhibited his paintings in the UK, US and most of the African countries. Some of his works can be seen in the top galleries in Ghana. He began developing his artistic talent by scribbling on the ground, leaves and walls. His aspiration is to create his own world/land that would be named “The land of colours”.

Dominican multitalented artist Angie Del Riego has the ability to combine music, art and poetry to reflect her cultural roots and her love for humanity. Angie tells stories of her experiences in life through her paintings, rich in bright colors.

Edmon Khalil Mohammed, born in Nyala (South Darfur, Sudan), graduated at Sudan University’s College of Fine and Applied Arts. He lives and works in Sweden where he founded the multicultural organization of New Kush Art. His practice is set in the dialectic of "past, present and future" and their reflections through generations, with particular interest in the aspect of history and its interactions on the physical body of the universe. He explores potentialities of various mediums. He has participated in biennales in Cairo, Khartoum and Marrakech.

Najlaa Shawket Fitouri was born in 1968 in Libya. She has a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Tripoli.The focus of her art is Libyan women, depicting their worries, lifestyle, pain and beauty. Her colours and forms evoke the emotional subconscious that is somehow veiled and hidden. Najlaa has already exhibited her work in Libya, Switzerland, France, Malta and Iraq. She is also a member of the International Union of Plastic Art

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