Posts tagged “u2”
July 20, 2009
From the Barcelona stop on U2′s 360 Tour, a performance of “Walk On” with Aung San Suu Kyi masks.
For more information on Aung San Suu Kyi, take a look at our page for her book with Alan Clements, The Voice of Hope.
July 1, 2009
The band U2—who wrote the Grammy-winning 2001 song “Walk On” about imprisoned Nobel Prize laureate and rightfully-elected Burmese democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi—have asked attendees of their Fall 2009 360 Tour to wear masks with the face of Daw Suu Kyi during the performance of “Walk On.” The purpose: to remind the world, through the image of tens of thousands of Aung San Suu Kyi faces in the audience at U2′s internationally-attended concerts, that Aung San Suu Kyi is still alive, still in prison—and still awaiting release by the military government of Burma.
Prisons can only function if the prisoner becomes faceless, dehumanized, forgotten. By putting the face of Aung San Suu Kyi in the public eye—out from behind the walls of her house by the lake, out from behind the walls of Insein Prison, into audiences across the United States and Europe—U2 hopes to undermine the forgetfulness, the silence central to prison.