What We Do: Sadaka Projects
Brian Maguire's ‘An American Hero’
Purchasing ‘An American Hero’
These exclusive and limited set of 40 signed prints are now on sale and priced at €400 euro for an unframed copy and €500 for the framed version. The print is available for viewing and purchase at the Printmakers Gallery, 25 Drury Street, Dublin 2. For purchase or further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you consider this a disturbing image for your own private collection, we believe it to be very appropriate for the offices of NGOs involved in human rights work. Perhaps you might consider purchasing a print and donating it to an organisation of your choice.
The funds raised by the sale of these prints will be used to facilitate the work of Sadaka to raise awareness of the urgent need for the international community to become more pro-active in the pursuit of justice for the people of Palestine.
Brian Maguire's expressionistic drawings and paintings (as well as his video, photography, and poster artworks) deal with themes of physical and political alienation. His focus on marginalised or disenfranchised groups has led him to work at a number of prisons, hospitals and other institutions in Ireland, Poland, and the USA, including: Mountjoy Jail, Dublin, Portlaoise Jail, Spike Island, Co. Cork, Fort Mitchell Prison and Bayview Correction Center, New York. A former member of the Independent Artists Group, Maguire has exhibited extensively throughout Europe, America and Japan. He represented Ireland at the 1998 Sao Paulo Bienal, and created the "Casa de Cultura" series based on people from that city's slums. Maguire has also enjoyed a number of successful solo exhibitions, including Lincoln Gallery, Dublin (1981); Triskel Gallery, Cork (1982); Irish Pavilion, Leeuwarden, Netherlands (1990); Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2001); Fenton Gallery, Cork (2003). In 2000, The Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin hosted a major retrospective for Maguire, which travelled to the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork and the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston, Texas. Maguire also won the Irish-American Cultural Institute's O'Malley Art Award in 1990.
Maguire's paintings and other artworks are represented in collections including: the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Hugh Lane Municipal Art Gallery in Dublin, University College Dublin, Office of Public Works (OPW), Crawford Municipal Gallery Cork, the Alvar Aalto Museum in Finland, and the Gemeentemuseum in the Hague, Netherlands.
Rachel and seven other ISM activists were in the Hi Es Salam area of Rafah, Gaza, trying to prevent the razing of Palestinian land and property. Present were two Israeli occupation army bulldozers and a tank. For a period of two hours, the activists played ‘cat and mouse’, attempting to prevent the illegal demolitions by physically blocking the passage of the two bulldozers.
According to witnesses, Rachel was run over twice by the Israeli military bulldozer in its process of demolishing the Palestinian home. Witnesses say that Rachel was well marked, had a megaphone which removes any doubt that the activists’ presence was somehow invisible to the driver, and she clearly posed no threat to the bulldozer driver. The driver did not lift the bulldozer blade and so she was crushed beneath it. Then the driver backed off and the seven other ISM activists taking part in the action rushed to dig out her body. An ambulance rushed her to A-Najar hospital where she died.
For further information on Rachel Corrie, see these Guardian articles.