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USA: Gallery removes works over Native American symbol use

27 September 2017
Steven Leyba's works were removed from an exhibition in an artspace where he resides & works due to their use of the Native American symbol of the swastika.
Photo: Steven Leyba portrait from artist’s website

 

In August 2017, Artspace, a non-profit organisation that manages spaces around the US where artists live and work, ordered the removal of resident artist Steven Leyba’s artworks from an exhibition in the lobby of Artspace Everett Lofts in Washington state for their use of the Native American symbol of the swastika, according to the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC).

The artist, who is of Native American and Jewish descent, uses the symbol in his work as a means to reclaim the symbol; Artspace however stated that since the use of the symbol has become synonymous with Nazism, that it contravenes anti-discrimination laws.

Read the full statement from Artsfex partner NCAC here as well as NCAC’s interview with the artist

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