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    Cuban Faces of 2015: Danilo Maldonado, ‘El Sexto’, Graffiti Artist

    Cuban Faces of 2015: Danilo Maldonado, ‘El Sexto’, Graffiti Artist /
    14ymedio
    Posted on December 31, 2015

    14ymedio, Havana, 29 December 2015 — Irreverent and daring, the graffiti
    artist Danilo Maldonado, known as El Sexto (The Sixth)—in a satirical
    reference to the ‘Five Heroes’—organized a performance for Christmas
    2014 under the title Animal Farm. In Havana’s Central Park the artist
    intended to release two pigs on which he had painted the names Fidel and
    Raul, but he was never able to carry out the action because he was
    arrested on the way there and imprisoned.

    During the time he spent in prison, El Sexto managed to send out
    drawings and letters that visually narrated the rigors of incarceration
    and in which he ratified his decision to continue making rebellious art.
    A hunger strike, through which he demanded to be released, led him to
    the brink of losing his life and made his cause even more visible.
    Amnesty International declared him a prisoner of conscience.

    In mid-April of this year, 2015, this restless creator born in 1983
    received the Vaclav Havel Award for Creative Dissent, in the midst of an
    intense international campaign demanding his immediate release which
    played out on the social networks with the hashtag #FreeElSexto.

    In October of this year, El Sexto was released without ever having been
    brought to trial, and is now on an international tour.

    Source: Cuban Faces of 2015: Danilo Maldonado, ‘El Sexto’, Graffiti
    Artist / 14ymedio | Translating Cuba –
    translatingcuba.com/cuban-faces-of-2015-danilo-maldonado-el-sexto-graffiti-artist-14ymedio/

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