Multimedia artist Erik Ravelo and Daniel Ferreira's Los Intocables project has been banned from Facebook.
This project deals with the rights of children and their exploitation at the hands of adults: a priest representing sexual abuse, a doctor representing organ trafficking, a soldier representing the cost of war, and a hooded figure carrying automatic weapons representing school shooting are displayed, along with others. The children are crucified, in a sense, to each of their representative villains, their faces blurred, indicating a loss of identity. While the aggressors in the photos are against the wall in an almost criminal way, leaving their backs to the children indicates a kind of disregard. “The right to childhood should be untouchable” is the tagline of the project. View some of the imagery in the below video:
A petition has been started to allow the work to be displayed on Facebook. It reads, in part:
On September 19, 2013, the Facebook Fan Page of the artist Erik Ravelo, currently working as the creative director of Fabrica in Italy, was censored by Facebook, deleted, and taken off the popular social media website.
Translated to English from Italian, Facebook communicated to Ravelo, “Your page has been removed because it infringes our conditions of use. Your page was labelled for harmful content."
The Cuban artist, author of the former campaign of solidarity of the "Unhate Foundation," was previously censored by the social network for his new series of images titled, “The Untouchables." Published on the site on July 22, 2013, the series of images obtained 20553 "Likes" in a few days.
The seven portraits, which depict the infringements of the rights of children, were considered extreme by Facebook the series was locked from distribution on the website.
On August 30, 2013, Facebook removed the image of a priest and child, created by Ravelo to denounce the abuse of minors behind the religious walls. Facebook then forbid Ravelo from uploading any more images for seven days, before taking down his Fan Page in its entirety on September 19, 2013.
Ravelo sent Complex this message:
AND FINALLY FACEBOOK DECIDE TO SHUT DOWN MY PAGE!!!! ERIK RAVELO ART!!!! SO IT'S NOT POSSIBLE TO SHOW MY ART ANYMORE!!!!!!!!!!!! FINALMENTE FACEBOOK HA DECISO DI RIMUOVERE LA MIA PAGINA ERIK RAVELO ART!!!! NON è PIU VISIBILE SU FACEBOOK. FINALMENTE FACEBOOK DECIDIO' DE QUITAR MI PAGINA ERIK RAVELO ART!! CENSURED!!!!!!
Ravelo is a Cuban-born artist. He’s currently working with the Fabrica group, which is the communications arm of Benetton; he was responsible for the “Unhate" campaign there, which featured world leaders kissing.
You can see the full set of Los Inocables photos by Ravelo and photographer Enrico Bossan at Ravelo’s website.
[via Erik Ravelo]