OCHEN USPESHNO PROSHLA PREZENTACIA NA CAA CONFERENCE POSVESTENA CENZURI. Na nee ia govorila o sluchae Olega i o cenzuri v iskusstve v Rossii i Vostochnoi Evrope:
Wednesday, February 9 · 12:30pm - 2:00pm
at Sutton Parlor Center, 2nd Floor, Hilton New York.1335 Avenue of Americas, New York.
CAA session organized by the National Coalition Against Censorship
Chair: Eleanor Heartney, independent critic and writer
Richard Kamler, University of San Francisco
Alicia Gaspar de Alba, University of California, Los Angeles
Alma Lopez, independent artist, Los Angeles
Svetlana Mintcheva, National Coalition Against Censorship
Boryana Rossa, independent artist, Bulgaria
Shirin Neshat, independent artist
Shoja Azari, independent artist
This panel, organized by the National Coalition Against Censorship, will look at the volatile relationship between art, politics and religion. In recent decades the tensions between these have become intense, evident in the American culture wars of the 90s, the Danish cartoon uproar, and ongoing battles over artistic depictions of religious figures, including the recent removal of a David Wojnarowicz video from a show at the National Portrait Gallery. Controversies arising from allegedly blasphemous, sacrilegious or disrespectful artworks materialize from the particularities of the interplay of belief, art and power within specific cultures. Yet, while certain representations of religious imagery become flashpoints for outrage, others, apparently similar, do not. In what ways do these conflicts between art and religion serve as staging grounds for questions about the authority of religious institutions, the interpretation of religious doctrine and the role of religion within the state? What motivates artists to take on these incendiary issues, especially in contexts where the consequences may include censorship, ostracism or even arrest and imprisonment? How do media reportage, cultural differences and political gamesmanship play into the emergence of art/religion controversies?
The panel will be composed of scholars who have immersed themselves in this subject, along with several artists whose work has recently become embroiled in firestorms over art and religion. Artist and educator Richard Kamler’s installation of intertwined pages from the Koran, and the Torah incited controversy in New Haven last year. Los Angeles Chicana artist Alma Lopez has just completed a book on the controversy that surrounded her painting “Our Lady” Alicia Gaspar de Alba is Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, English and Women’s Studies at UCLA. Bulgarian video artist Boryana Rossa will speak on behalf of her husband, Oleg Mavromatti, who is currently wanted by Russian authorities for “inciting religious hatred” through a performance in which he had himself crucified. Iranian artists and filmmakers Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari recently completed Women without Men, a film that evokes the religious, social and political tensions surrounding the 1953 coup that brought the Shah to power. Svetlana Minchiva is Director of Programs for the National Coalition Against Censorship. The panel will be moderated by Eleanor Heartney, author of Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art.http://conference.collegeart.org/2011/sessions/sessions.php?period=2011-02-09http://boryana-rossa.livejournal.com/42545.html
Photo by Olga Timofeev and Marina Galperina