Everpress and Amnesty International have partnered on a series of T-shirts commissioning a pool of excellent artists to explore the topic of censorship in a collection titled 50/50.
A collection of 50 garments made by 50 different artists, the roster of contributors includes Liam Hodges, Thierry Noir, Dinamo Typefaces, Bjenny Montero, Brick magazine, and Joy Miessi, to name just a few. Each artist has designed their individual interpretation of censorship with the aim to “encourage discussion and raise crucial funds for Amnesty International.” The profits made will be divided half and half, with 50% going to the artist, and the other 50% going to charity. Each T-shirt is available at the affordable price of just £25.
“Censorship is often the thin end of the wedge when it comes to human rights violations. Time and time again, we’ve seen cases of brave human rights defenders in repressive countries being subjected to censorship, then threatened and harassed, and then finally jailed or even killed,” Amnesty International’s UK director Kate Allen explains. “We’re delighted to be working with Everpress and this incredible array of designers to raise awareness of the evils of censorship.”
Amnesty International is renowned for its work “investigating and exposing abuses around the world” as the world’s largest grassroots human rights organisation. “As culture, technology and humanity continue to evolve, so too does censorship in its many forms,” it explains. “This is reflected in the variation in artwork created for 50/50. The project presents artwork issues ranging from mass surveillance and cyber-censorship, to more injustices such as the questionable media coverage of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London.” Everpress has grown in popularity over the past few years, working with various collaborators to create T-shirts to a specific amount of orders put in, so there is no risk and importantly, no waste.
The 50/50 collection will be displayed in an exhibition at Protein Studios in Shoreditch, London, from 31 May and will be available to buy via Everpress until 28 June.
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