The sculpting installation “Speak Out!” by artist Sophie Halbreich calls the public to fight against being silenced and go out to vote. The installation, which is comprised of 90 heads, hand made by the artist, has been displayed at one of the most famous squares in the city of Tel Aviv, Israel. Displayed during two full days, this installation was both an outcry and a clear-cut message for encouraging the public to let their voice be heard on the not-too-long-ago election day, last March 23rd .
Sophie Halbreich has devoted her time to expressive art, which has become her main medium for fighting for what she has always believed to be of utmost important – self-expression – voicing of opinions and fighting against coercive silencing of injustice and pain.
“The growing exasperation with the state of democracy and public apathy drove me to a marathon of creation” explains Halbreich, ”As an artist, I am motivated by the desire to influence. The public sphere is the place to create awareness and drive change, to encourage people to examine their reality from a different angle, and hopefully go and cast their ballots and influence as directly as possible”.
“Speak out” has something to express beyond its initial purpose.This work has an essence and a universal message for all those who cannot voice their situation, their pain, their being.This is a message coming from all beings and all parts that compose our globus (the air, animals, forests, fishes, oceans, human beings).
We can catch sight of these dozens of heads who show expressions of convulsion, anger and amazement and they mainly cannot be heard, as their mouths are covered without exception.
This is an outcry from victims of indifference, mistreatment and abuse towards women, children, the elderly, the disabled, animals and natural resources commanded either by governments or strong multinational corporations. If we keep silent no one will help us – we must not give in, we must not give up –
Go out and vote, cast your ballot and use your voice because it is the silence that supports oppression”.
This sculpting installation can easily turn into a rotating worldwide exhibition as various cultures/countries are still under oppression for various reasons of power and politics. And moreover, ReGenesis’ cause goes as well to the mistreatment of our nature , the excessive exploitation of our planet resources and to the mistreatment of animals, abused and killed in masses.
Indifference and silence, together, are killers.Speak out, speak for the right of living in harmony, justice, and equality.