Moving Art, underground
Why the Ministry of Culture should step in and put this image back in an art gallery.
An official from Solidere, the Lebanese real estate company, told AFP that the company had sought to avoid any political or religious controversy.
“Politics and religion are two very sensitive issues that we don’t want to undermine,” Joumana Naquib said.
But, according to Sayegh, there had been no complaints about the exhibit from either the Shia or the Christian communities.
Fear, said Sayegh, “is the worst kind of censorship. It’s just something we must face and handle.”
Solidere’s (self-)censorship was not limited to the picture featuring Nasrallah and Jesus Christ either.
“They started by taking down the two images of the American-Israeli playground, and then continued to take down more. In all, they took down nine photos,” said Sayegh, pointing to the empty spaces on the walls.
Some of the censored pictures were “French Can Can in Baghdad,” which shows naked Barbies wrapped in Iraqi currency with the image of former dictator Saddam Hussein on their foreheads; and “Arab Christ,” which depicts a Christ figure wearing Arab headdress.
Naseygh said that although “something was expected” due to the controversial nature of the photos, no one was expecting outright censorship.
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