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GOOD LUCK TO THE PUKI PEACE PROCESSION AND GREAT SUCCESS TO THE DEMO-PROTEST AGAINST CENSORSHIP IN THE ARTS

David Medalla at Baro Cruz gallery_Sao Paulo Brazil / photo by B. Leirner | landscape basel | october 2010 Sao Paulo Brazil

http://www.1fmediaproject.net/2010/12/19/protest-the-censorship

Ciao Raffaella!
I give you my full permission to publish in 1F MEDIAPROJECT the entire text of my letter in support of the demo/protest against censorship in the arts.
I believe that all artists – in fact, all people in the world- should have the right of freedom of expression.
Therefore censorship of the arts is anathema to me.
Buone feste.
David Medalla, Director of the LONDON BIENNALE

E-mail 17 december 2010 23:02:59 from David Medalla to Reynolds in New York

Dear Reynolds,
Great idea: Good Luck to the Puki Peace Procession and Great Success to the Demo/Protest Against Censorship in the Arts.
I am glad to learn that many artists and art lovers in America have condemned the stupid decision by the Smithsonian Institution to censor the deeply moving video by David Wojnarowicz from the ‘Hide and Seek’ show.
I went with Guy Brett to the launch of a book by Lucy Lippard on David Wojnarowicz at Exit Art in SoHo, New York, a decade ago.
Incidentally, at around that time I met Lisa Phillips when she was director of the Witney Museum’s Phillips Art Gallery in-mid-Manhattan.
Lisa Phillips is now director of the New Museum which (wisely and bravely) is showing the video by David Wojnarowicz..
I am glad also that the Andy Warhol Foundation has decided to withdraw its donation to the Smithsonian.
Give my best wishes to London Biennale alumni in New York and I wish you all brave gals and guys
A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!.
David Medalla, Director of the LONDON BIENNALE

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