Dear Ashraf

Positive thoughts go out to you from Arterial Network. We feel aggrieved that you should be the recipient of such an unfair sentence, that you should be recipient of any sentence at all. Arterial Network works to network and strengthen the capacity and voice of artists and arts organisations in Africa. Africa too has enormous challenges but we are absolutely appalled at the inhumane penalty Saudi Arabian courts have imposed on you. We all have the right to freedom of speech. Even in the most insular and insecure of nation states this right is recognised. We trust that justice will prevail and that you will be free to continue your excellent work in the field of arts and culture.

Wishing you peace, strength and spiritual fortitude at this time.

best regards, Peter Rorvik



Thinking of you, from Venice

Dear Ashraf,

We are thinking of you right now, but also remembering with much appreciation the fantastic exhibition you curated for the Venice Biennale.  We’ve lived in Venice for several years now, and visit many exhibitions world-wide, but Rhizoma was one of the best shows from the Arab world that we’ve seen.  Small, but perfectly cohesive and excellent work.  Thank you for that.

We are sure you will be free before long and will look forward to catching your own work, or your curated initiatives.

Be well, and know that many people are thinking about you and hoping for you.

MA DeVlieg and TR Wells


your freedom

dear Ashraf,

I wish you well, I wish you a long and creative life.

We shall be meeting at P. St. Peter’s next May 2017, with cultural community organizations and artists from all over, to cast a light on migrants in Europe.

Hope to have you there with us.

Looking forward to your freedom