More Nationalist Censorship
A couple of days ago it was maurading neo-Nazis in Sweden, now it is the Russian Minister of Culture who is seeking to suppress allegedly decadent photograhs. Today The Guardian reports that the good Minister has ordered this image by the Siberian collective Blue Noses (as well as several other works) removed from an exhibition of Russian art scheduled to be shown in Paris. Perhaps the Minister is trying to avoid episodes like the one earlier this week in Lund; by censoring this show, he is depriving aggrieved Fascists of a potential target. The story in The Guardian reports the Minister as jutfying his actions this way:
on Russia. In this case, all of us will bear full responsibility"
[. . .] "It is inadmissible...to take all this pornography,
kissing policemen and erotic pictures to Paris."
Perhaps we should petition the U.S. government to take similar measures with artists like Serrano?