Gérard Voisin

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from left to right: HE Mr. Elias Sanbar, Ambassador, Permanent Observer of Palestine to UNESCO, Mr. Gerard Voisin, UNESCO Artist for Peace and Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

The French sculptor Gérard Voisin was appointed UNESCO Artist for Peace in July 2005, in recognition of his artistic work in the service of dialogue, cultural diversity and the memory of the struggle against slavery.

Actively engaged in his native city of Nantes in favor of the memory of slavery, Gérard Voisin supported UNESCO project entitled "The Slave Route project: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage".

His exhibitions at UNESCO Headquarters and in the rest of the world have contributed to the promotion of the rapprochement of cultures, the acceptance of difference and the institutionalization of memory and the culture of peace.

In his capacity as a UNESCO Artist for Peace, he participated in the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, through his exhibition entitled "The Arts against Weapons", inaugurated in June 2010 at UNESCO Headquarters.

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