We deplore the removal of David Wojnarowicz's
video from the exhibition Hide/Seek at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
It is an act of censorship which we condemn. In fact, we are compelled to express our outrage at the yielding to phobias and prejudices.
David Wojnarowicz's oeuvre is outstanding in the history of world art and the contemporaneity of sexual diversity.
We highly appreciate the work of Dr. Jonathan D. Katz and David C. Ward in curating the exhibition Hide/Seek which should be shown in its integrity.
Even in Communist Poland museums tried hard to retain its independence. Now under Post-Communism, the freedom of cultural institutions was cherished this year during the exhibition Ars Homo Erotica in Warsaw's National Museum. Its director, Professor Piotr Piotrowski, did not yield to the Archbishop of Warsaw's pressures to remove Aleksandra Polisiewicz's sound installation which depicted a scene of lesbian confession.
Would posterity not ridicule a museum which, instead of pursuing the truth, deny their audience the opportunity to experience eminent art?
Pawel Leszkowicz, Ph.D., curator of the exhibition Ars Homo Erotica; Department of Art History, Adam Mickiewicz University, al. Niepodleglosci 4, Poznan, Poland; Intermedia Department, Fine Arts Academy, Poznan, Poland; member of AICA. Telephone: +48 694 194 044. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tomasz Kitlinski, D.E.A. (Paris 7), Ph.D., Department of Philosophy and Sociology, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, pl. Marii Curii-Sklodowskiej 4, 20-031 Lublin, Poland; authors of essays on David Wojnarowicz. Telephone: +48 784 512 456. Email: email@example.com
European Alternatives Staff