#OrangeVest performance on the 27th of February in support of the European protest #SafePassage for refugees’ rights
#OrangeVest performance invitation for the 27th of February.
A Pan-European protest for refugees’ rights is scheduled for the 27th of February. We will perform the #OrangeVest action in New York City concurrent with European protests in order to show our support for the refugees’ struggles in and around Europe.
Let us all get together and show our support for the refugees who are fleeing war and searching for a safe place to raise their children and develop their future.
The #OrangeVest performance will take place at Central Park. If you are willing to participate please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo by George Xourafas
What the #OrangeVest Performance is:
The #OrangeVest, is a public intervention in response to the refugee crisis in Europe. The piece uses the human body as a living social sculpture and it conveys visual language symbolizing the refugees’ trip from Turkey to Greece as they try to reach Europe. As part of the action, a group of people wear black clothes and orange life vests. They walk around New York City providing a glimpse of a brutal and inhumane reality that exists on the other side of the ocean. The “#OrangeVest” performance exists as an aesthetic balance between being a protest and work of art. Despite having elements of a protest, participants don’t disturb everyday public routines. They are simply present. They speak to the people around them only if they are questioned. The intention of the performance is not to force the viewer to interact or to take a position but rather to question and encourage the viewer to find out more about the refugees’ crises.
#OrangeVest offical webpage: http://lalegeorgia.net/
Who is the artist?
Georgia Lale, is a performance artist from Greece, living and studying in New York City. She is coming from a family that experienced being refugees two generations ago when her grandfather was a refugee from Asia Minor in Turkey. She started performing the #OrangeVest piece in October, 2015 in several public spaces around New York City such as the Metropolitan Museum of the Arts, Times Square, the High Line Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, the United Nations Secretariat building and on the Subway in order to raise awareness about the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe.
“New York Based Greek Artist is Changing the Face of the Refugee Crisis As We Know It”,usa.greekreporter.com
“#OrangeVest on New York City’s Streets for Refugee Crisis Awareness”, Pappaspost.com
“Performance Art Project #OrangeVest Sends SOS for Refugees“, awomensthing.org/blog