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The invisible red line – maneuvering Chinese art censorship

19 October 2012

Art can both reflect and shape reality. It is the fear of this power to amplify and produce meaning which inspires censorship. In their quest for freedom of expression, Chinese artists have had to face a variety of censorship strategies. Some are rooted in politics, while others hold to conservative …

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Exiled Burmese artist: "Self-censorship is second nature"

18 September 2012

Interviews with two Burmese artists: Chaw Ei Thein, who now lives in exile in the United States, on the situation in Burma in 2012, and Htein Lin, who describes how he maintained his artistic work while in prison. Chaw Ei Thein was briefly imprisoned after having made ​​a political performance …

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Maldives: President rejects ministry’s ban on mixed-gender dance events

18 September 2012

According to the Maldives’ presidential spokesman, the government has rejected a ban on dancing in public between men and women which was initially called by its own Islamic Affairs Ministry. At first, according to the private newspaper Minivan, the Islamic Affairs Ministry sent a circular to all government institutions “banning …

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India: Film based on Salman Rushdie book not to be screened

17 September 2012

Indian-born filmmaker Deepa Metha’s latest film, ‘Midnight’s Children’, may never be available to Indian audiences because of the Indian government’s aversion to the film. No outright ban of the film is currently in place. Instead, distributors allegedly fear soft reprisals and are avoiding the title. The film had its debut …

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Nepal: Death threats against artist who painted Hindu deities

17 September 2012

Manish Harijan, a Nepali artist, whose works are on show at an art gallery in Kathmandu, has received death threats from activists of the Nepal-based World Hindu Federation in reaction to his paintings which combine images of Hindu deities and Western superheroes, reported UNESCO on 14 September 2012. In particular, …

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India: Renowned cartoonist arrested and charged with sedition

17 September 2012

Aseem Trivedi, a renowned Indian political cartoonist, best known for launching the campaign Cartoons Against Corruption, and founding member of Save Your Voice — a movement against internet censorship in India — was arrested on 9 September 2012 and charged with sedition. Although the Bombay High Court has since granted …

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China: Censorship officers order paintings covered or removed

11 September 2012

At a recent show in the  M97 gallery in Shanghai, censorship officers ordered several paintings covered or removed, even after pre-approving the works, reported Al Jazeera in a video report on Youtube: ‘China art bears brunt of leadership change’. China is set for one of its clandestine, once-every-decade leadership changes, …

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China: Russian artist refused to follow Chinese censors’ ultimatum

6 September 2012

“The Chinese officials gave me an ultimatum to remove the first two questions from the installation [‘Moscow Poll’]. I did not agree to their demands and refused to participate in the biennale,“ the Russian artist Yuri Albert said. The works of four Russian artists were to be exhibited in the …

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China: Provocative artists intimidated with seizures and imprisonment

4 September 2012

Issue 34 of the German magazine Der Spiegel contains a long article about how authorities in China allegedly intimidate provocative artists with tax laws, seizures, and imprisonment as tools to repress dissident voices. The article is primarily based on interviews with two gallery owners and the 30-year-old artist Zhao Zhao …

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