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Peace One Day presents ‘AKA Peace’, an exhibition of new works by some of the most celebrated names in Contemporary Art, all of whom have agreed to transform a decommissioned AK-47 assault rifle, refashioning what has become a symbol of global violence on the broadest scale into artworks of intrigue and even beauty.

The exhibition, originally conceived by photographer Bran Symondson and now curated by artist Jake Chapman, coincides with Peace Day, Friday 21 September 2012; it will raise awareness of Peace Day and raise funds for Peace One Day’s Global Truce 2013 campaign.

Jake Chapman said, “I am not readily associated with a sense of philanthropic optimism, but after a meeting with Jeremy Gilley at Peace One Day, my pessimism was suspended in favour of supporting this audacious attempt to intervene against human injustice. We have therefore assembled a number of artists prepared to do what they can to collaborate against apathy.”

Simon de Pury, Chairman of Phillips de Pury and Company, said, “Phillips de Pury and Company are proud to be lending their support for Peace One Day. We fully share the concern of the highly talented and very generous group of artists that are participating in ‘AKA Peace’.”

Jeremy Gilley said, “AKA Peace is a really profound project; turning a weapon of destruction into a weapon of peace is awesome. The benefits of awareness and finance to help Global Truce 2013 is a great outcome. I’m grateful to Bran for having a wonderful idea and it’s an honour to have Jake Chapman curate the project.”

Peace One Day would like to thank James Golding and Sean Pertwee for their support with this project.

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