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A Glimmer of Freedom
Public Program - Cape Verde
International Day of Monuments and Sites:
A Glimmer of Freedom


April 18, 2017, 3 pm

Ex-Concentration Camp, Chão Bom
Tarrafal, Santiago Island, Cape Verde



A former prisoner of the camp and participating artist of A Glimmer of Freedom will lead a walks and discussion, sharing perspectives related to the histories and spaces of the camp.

   
         
   

A guided walk and discussion will be held at the Camp Chão Bom (a former concentration camp) in celebration of Cape Verde’s International Day of Monuments. Fernando dos Reis Tavares, a former prisoner of the camp, and Nelson Santos, an artist participating in A Glimmer of Freedom, will lead a walk and discussion, sharing perspectives related to the histories and spaces of the camp.



This event is free and open to the public.

Fernando dos Reis Tavares, known as Toco, was born in 1940, just before the drought and famine seven years later. He was recruited to the struggle for national liberation by its leader, Amilcar Cabral, in Paris, helping to coordinate mobilization actions and create conditions for a possible invasion of the country. He was arrested by the political police of the Portuguese dictatorial regime in July 1968 and sent to Tarrafal for three years. With his intervention in the national liberation struggle he wanted, "the Cape Verdean people to become aware of and assume that they own the country and its destiny."

Son of Cape Verdean natives, Nelson Santos was born in Lisbon in 1979. Between 2003 and 2004 he worked with the sculptor Francisco Simões on the poet's Park project. He completed his sculpture degree at F.B.A.U.L. in 2006 and in the same year inaugurated his first public sculpture, Anastasis (Albufeira/Portugal). The master line of his work addresses the relationship of Man and His primeval essence: earthly, yet universal, material, yet subtle.

apexart's programs are supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Buhl Foundation, the Degenstein Foundation, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Affirmation Arts Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
 
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