DECLARATION FOR THE DEPORTATION OF ART PRESS RELEASE 2002
With the rise of discriminatory immigration policies placed on Arab Americans, including, but not limited to, detainment, incarceration, and deportation throughout the United States of America, this Society questions the illegal possession and forced carceration of the worlds most prominent exile and refugee, the artifact. In the week of December 12, 2002, directors of eighteen leading museums in Europe, including the Louvre, the Prado, and the Hermitage, and the United states, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ratified the Declaration on the importance and value of universal museums. The following is taken from a Los Angeles Times article published on December 12, 2002 :
The declaration on the importance and value of universal museums
acknowledges that many masterpieces were seized in colonial times
under conditions that are not comparable with the current ones,
and it deems repatriation an important issue that museums must
decide case by case. But the directors contend that museums are
a valid and valuable repository for world treasures, and that whittling
ancient masterpieces from their collections would undermine their
mission of spreading knowledge and interpreting the past. Without
museum displays, the directors wrote, The universal admiration
ancient civilizations would not be so deeply established today....
The Society For The Undeniable Right Of An Artifacts Return To Ethnicity
refuses to acknowledge ANY such Declaration of ANY Universal Museum!!
It is under the guise of nouveau colonization that museums feel free to detain artifacts that make no sense out of their homeland. It is under the guise of nouveau colonization that museums maintain their reputation of oppressor by acknowledging that ONLY THEIR INSTITUTION can create and maintain universal admiration of artifacts.
As such The Society for the Undeniable Right Of An Artifacts Return to Ethnicity
demands the release of antiquities looted by the institution known as the Museum.
We firmly hold to the truth of an artifacts return to ethnicity.
We denounce an artifacts possession under the guise of nouveau colonization.
We strongly suggest to :
DEPORT ART NOT ARABS!!