Parisian Gallery Hosts Charlie Hebdo Charity Exhibition

Parisians are still struggling to come to terms with the terrorist attacks that took place in their city last week (see 12 Killed at Magazine Previously Attacked for Satirical Cartoons). To help, arts organizations Artlabz and Galerie 28Bis have organized a charity art exhibition, inviting all artists “moved” by the tragic events to submit work created in response to them.

The exhibition, entitled “Charlie Hexpo: L’Art contre la Haine,” (Charlie Hexpo: Art Against Hatred), will open tomorrow evening and will remain open until next Wednesday.

“We wanted to react as quickly as possible to the events because our aim was to exhibit works created while the emotions are still raw,” Aladdin Charni, one of the organizers, told artnet News. “If we had taken more time to prepare it and given more time to the artists, the results would probably have been very different,” he explained.

The response to the initiative—which was launched last Friday, just two days after the attacks—has been swift and strong (see Why the Killing of Charlie Hebdo Cartoonists Will Make Art Stronger and #JeSuisCharlie: A Digest of Responses to the Killings at Charlie Hebdo). Up to 50 works, including drawings, photographs, videos, and paintings, have already been submitted. Meanwhile, the exhibition’s Facebook event has racked up a whopping 2,700 RSVP’ed guests.

The organizers are aiming to select and display up to 40 works, which will be up for sale with prices ranging from €12 to €1,500. All proceeds will be donated to the families of the victims of the attacks, although Charni told artnet News that they “hadn’t been contacted yet.”

“Charlie Hexpo: L’Art contre la Haine” will run January 15–21, 2015 at Galerie 28Bis in Paris.

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