Thursday, 2 December 2010

Fire in My Belly

This video installation was recently removed from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. It was part of an exhibit by a group of gay & lesbian artists called "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture".

Apple Computers, in its wisdom, has also censored
this video from their otherwise wonderful iPad device.

The work, a video called "A Fire in My Belly" by David Wojnarowicz, features a brief depiction of ants crawling over a crucifix. Wojnarowicz, who died in 1992, created the film which features vocal accompaniment by Diamanda Galás.

The video was removed after an organized campaign of complaints from the Catholic League (U.S.) and U.S. Republican House Minority Leader, John "bastard" Boehner. Politics and religion must never be allowed to dictate artistic expression.

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