PROTECTING CULTURAL HERITAGE AGAINST ILLICIT TRADE OF ART TRAFFICKING - LECTURE BY INTERNATIONALY ACCLAIMED CULTURAL ACTIVIST, TASOULA HATJITOFI
Thursday, October 22, 2015
6:00pm Doors Open
6:30pm Event Start
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As the Middle East’s incredibly rich heritage is systematically plundered and sold off to fetch millions, Tasoula Hadjitofi, a refugee and the founder of the organization "Walk of Truth," explores what can be done to prevent and combat this illicit trade.
What can we in the west do to protect the history and identity of an entire people from wholesale looting and acts of barbarism? In her work, Hadjitofi urges the world to recognize looting and destruction of cultural heritage as a crime against humanity.
She calls for better coordination of laws and law enforcement, and seeks closer cooperation with the art trade. In this talk, Hadjitofi shares the lessons learned from her own experience of tracking and repatriating antiquities looted from Cyprus, explores how cultural heritage can contribute to peace and reconciliation in former conflict zones, and reveals Walk of Truth’s ambitious plans to fight the illegal trade in stolen art by engaging the public.