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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Reaction to Censorship and Artistic Freedom

In response to the image presented by David Wojnarowicz, I was immediately able to see where the shock came from as a spectator of his work. Initially, the video that we watched, "Fire In My Belly," inspired a good deal of anxiety as I watched. Yet, at the same time, it was absolutely fascinating. The combination of sound that was played in conjunction with the powerful images were likely intended to make the audience uncomfortable and try to get them to feel some type of angst (and perhaps inspire a burning in their belly?). Naturally, the criticisms came, as they always do, and manifested in the form of both threats of financial pressure and religious censorship. The fact that such a powerful piece of art that did its job so well had to be censored because of an inadvertent understanding is disappointing. I believe the art piece was strong and showed what Wojnarowicz could do.

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