A storm is about artistic freedom and censorship that has erupted in Brazil after an art exhibition in a multinational bank cultural centre was cancelled following a campaign by the right of the protesters.
The controversy broke out when the Queermuseu â€“ Queer Museum â€“ exhibition in the Bank of Santander is a cultural center of Porto Alegre was abruptly closed on Sunday, a month ahead of schedule.
Supported by evangelical Christians, the demonstrators from the Free Brazil the Movement accused the exhibition â€“ which includes 263 works of the Brazilian greats such as Candido Portinari, and Lygia Clark from the promotion of blasphemy, pedophilia, and bestiality, the fees of the curator strongly denied.
“They are passing the limits of tolerance and we are giving a response,” said Silas Malafia, a leading evangelical pastor.
Brazil’s artistic community has attacked the protest as a dangerous of the censorship in a country in which he lived until 21 years of military dictatorship.
“This is an exhibition that deals with issues of identity,” curated by GaudÃªncio Fidelis, told the Guardian. “This is a terrible moment in the life of Brazilians.”
The exhibition had been open for almost a month, when demonstrators from the Free Brazil the Movement of a group of liberal free market known for the organization of demonstrations in the street calling for the impeachment of President leftist Dilma Rousseff â€“ began picketing their doors.
A video on the part of the protesters which has been seen over a million times describes one of the works, one of the two paintings of the artist Bia Leite, of a series called ‘CrianÃ§a Roll”, or “Gay Children”, as “almost prostitution”.
The children are fully clothed in the painting and the accusation that it promotes pedophilia is unfounded, Fidelis, he said.
“Thework is about bullying, about prejudice,” he said.
Fidel said that a painting in which the protesters said that it represented an act of bestiality was in reality a work on colonialsm. Another work of Fernando Baril called “Cross of jesus Christ Goddess Shiva’ was also accused of blasphemous by the demonstrators.
Fidelis found the exhibition had been cancelled, when Santander published a notice on its Facebook page on Sunday.
“We sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by any work that was part of the exhibition,” the bank,” he said. Santander had previously approved all the work, Fidelis, he said.
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The Free Brazil, the Movement has grown in influence, as it helps to expel Rousseff on charges of breaking the budgetary rules and has adopted increasingly right-wing positions, such as advocating for the release of the gun ownership laws.
Kim Kataguiri, one of their leaders, said he saw no contradiction in free-market liberals attacking an art exhibition, with the argument that had called for a boycott of the exhibition, not of censorship.
“We have made the boycott due to the exposure involved public money in the promotion of bestiality, pedophilia, and crimes against the Christian faith,” Kataguiri told the Guardian.
Kataguiri said gay of his friends had also objected to the Queer Museum.
“The exhibition shows gays as the beasts and beings aggressive,” he said. “The brazilians always had Christian values, but now they have the courage to defend against the noisy minority who attack us.”
The supporters of the exhibition have organised a counter-attack, and 34,000 have signed a petition demanding that it reopen. A demonstration was arranged for Tuesday afternoon, LBGT groups.
“The mobilization is important because it shows that Porto Alegre will not be upside down in the community,” said Luciano Victorino, 23 years old, law student and organizer of Porto Alegre, Without Prejudice to the Facebook group, one of the organizers.
Alvaro Clark, son of the late Lygia Clark, a prominent Brazilian artist who had three works in the exhibition, was the plane from Rio de Janeiro to participate.
“Lygia would be what I detest,” said the close. “Civilized Brazil is much more than this.”