Around the Art World in 52 Weeks – Nadia Plesner, Denmark
Thursday, June 18 2015
Darfurnica, 2010. Oil on canvas, 350 x 776 cm
Recently on June 9, The Art Newspaper featured a book about how Nadia Plesner, an artist stood up for herself in fights with Louis Vuitton. When Louis Vuitton first sued her for her “Simple Living” drawing (see image on the left) in 2007, she got a lot of media attention. Before the lawsuit, Plesner had the drawing printed on t-shirts and posters and sold them to raise money and awareness in humanity for the Darfur crisis in Sudan. The lawsuit did work the first time. Plesner decided to stop selling the t-shirts and posters since she knew she could not afford the court case. However, after she started another Darfur campaign in 2010 with an oil painting titled “Darfumica” (see above), Louis Vuitton sued again. This time, she countersued and met Louis Vuitton in court in May 2011. In June 2011, she won the case, not just for the painting but also for selling the Simple Living drawing. Nadia Plesner was born in Denmark. She moved to study Fine Arts in Amsterdam in 2006. After just one semester, she was in a terrible traffic accident that left her bed-bound for the next several months with unbearable suffering and depression. However, unable to move much, she also got her inspiration while reading a newspaper in bed, which has changed her life and artistic direction. Her Simple Living idea was conceived as a result of reading the newspaper about Darfur and Paris Hilton going to jail in the same edition. Plesner is currently living and working in Copenhagen, Denmark. You can read more about her story, determination and humanitarian initiative on her website: http://www.nadiaplesner.com.
Image credit: Nadia Plesner