Friday, December 17, 2010

Censorship






I'm showing my "Censorship" photos tonight in the group show "Philadelphia Out of Phase", curated by my friend Justin Samson at Bodega Gallery in Philly. I've chosen these particular images in response to the recent censorship of David Wojnarowicz's piece "A Fire in My Belly, A Work in Progress (1986-87)," a film made in part about the AIDS-related death of the artist's colleague and lover Peter Hujar, to have been included in the"Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. The piece was removed entirely when religious rights activists insisted the work was "hate speech" and an attack on Christianity, funding was threatened so the piece was removed with what seems like no fight whatsoever. While my images were originally censored by me for the sole purpose of putting online for my friends, I worked in a way that mocked the system of censorship, emphasizing the ridiculousness of such a hate and shame fueling act and how it ultimately draws more attention to the disapproved of issues/imagery at hand than if left alone. Even after censoring these images to mainstream standards, the Facebook police still found images to delete that were deemed too "inappropriate" for the public eye. I will show the series in it's entirety and hope to add to the current discussion on censorship with a work perspective that is honest, self and mutual loving, and funny.
For more info on the show click HERE

Bodega Gallery
253 N. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA

opening: 8-11 December 17th

2 comments:

  1. My UNIQUELY styled Wallpapers:

    Weathertime Wallpaper Windows

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    The TWO Marian Dogmas.Significance: replacing the patriarchally neurotic, incoherent, indeed Monophysitic misconception, virgin motherhood idea, clearly making it entirely redundant. Christ was conceived the natural way, since if not, he wouldn't be really human. On the other hand we avoid the Nestorian trap: the Son was sexually conceived as well. From this it follows that the Trinity is femally dubbed and paired, albeit invisibly so. (This is one important aspect of the Number's manifold. Beastly?) The possibility of sinless intercource is exclusively female Grace, matching the Male priestly prerogative. Body/Matter and Head/Mind; Yin/Yang. The Big Duality again.

    GAMMABLIXT

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    SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE

    There's much in the world that you can't explain.
    It's revealed for you to remember
    by the whispering voice of a distant train
    or a midnight rain in november.

    Horizon within! You can always find
    the keys to Enigma. Let's mention
    one basic Truth: of spirited Mind
    Is Nature naught but extension.

    Internal expanses! In dreams, ridden
    by fear and longing you roam
    that deep Southeast in your soul hidden
    ...on your random journey back home.

    Single Swingle

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    Casualidad sopla la sangre
    de alguno señor desconocido
    durante los pocos restantes
    momentos del resplandor de faroles

    que se vislumbran tras el follaje
    flameando de las obsesiónes
    igual efimero como gotas
    del cinzano de la soledad –

    En aquel tiempo me levanta
    dentro uno incidente avejentado
    que en seguida palidece
    al camouflaje de abstraccion;

    chica, nadie conoce que tus grisos
    ojos significan aún; con todo
    el sueño que hube evacuado
    tu escudriñas nuevamente.

    My Spanish poetry!

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    LE FRUIT DU CIEL

    Un orage nocturne illmuna maintenant l'Amazonie, franchis les Andes, envoya des jeux de cartes gigantesques et frappantes en bas à la Pampa –

    Puis: petit déjeuner à melon; café fumant !

    À la bague du cigare tu lis, étonné: GÉOGRAPHIE.

    Poétudes

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    And: reciprocity. You do me a favor promoting your blog on mine!

    - Peter Ingestad, Sweden

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