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LGBT Art Exhibition in Porto Alegre Is Canceled Following Online Backlash

09/13/2017 - 11h19

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FROM SÃO PAULO

An art exhibit called "Queermuseum - Cartography of the Differences in Brazilian Art", which premiered on August 15th at the Santander Cultural center, in Porto Alegre, was called off following the backlash that ensued on social media.

The exhibit, which was curated by Gaudêncio Fidelis, was originally scheduled to run until the 8th of October, but the cultural center gave into the pressure that mounted online.

The selection was comprised of 270 works of art which contemplated subjects like gender and uniqueness. The works took on many different forms, and addressed sexual topics in various different ways: at times abstract, at times more explicit.

Among the 85 artists who participated were Adriana Varejão, Cândido Portinari, Ligia Clark, Yuri Firmesa and Leonilson.

Online activists accused the exhibit of the blasphemous use of religious symbols and, in certain cases, of stimulating pedophilia and zoophilia.

The conservative organization Movimento Brasil Livre (Free Brazil Movement) was one of the groups that amplified criticism directed toward the exhibit.

The cultural center issued a statement saying: "We have listened to the complaints and we understand that some of the pieces in the 'Queermuseum' exhibit may have disrespected symbols, beliefs and people, which is not compatible with our worldview".

The mayor of Porto Alegre, Nelson Marchezan Júnior (PSDB), shared the Santander Cultural center's clarification note on his Facebook page, and said that the exhibit "contained images of pedophilia and zoophilia".

Translated by THOMAS MATHEWSON

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An art exhibit called "Queermuseum - Cartography of the Differences in Brazilian Art", was cancelled following the backlash that ensued on social media
An art exhibit called "Queermuseum - Cartography of the Differences in Brazilian Art", was cancelled following the backlash that ensued on social media

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