Association Art et Chapelles (Art and Chapels) reportedly cancelled artist Francky Criquet’s exhibition at the Saint-Pierre-en-Vaux church, in France, after believers pressured the church over nudity in some of the works, reported FranceInfo on 10 July 2017.
The association reportedly took the church’s side and decided to cancel the exhibition, which was set to last from 1 July to 27 August 2017. Marion Julien, Art et Chapelles programme manager, said that “from the moment people express rejection it’s very difficult not to take that into account, even if we consider that this rejection is not justified”. The artist described the decision as “a true act of censorship”, reported Le Courrier de l’Ouest.
However, the association said in a statement that it was not a cancellation, but rather a change of venue forced by the church’s rescission of the initial contract. The exhibition was still held at a private individual’s home, and an invitation had to be obtained from an intermediary or the artist himself, either physically at the initial venue, or via telephone.