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Algerian artwork on rape of women by fundamentalist armed groups censored at Sharjah Biennial

Saturday 16 April 2011, by siawi

Here is information about the recent censoring of a work of art by the Algerian artist/writer/activist Mustapha Benfodil which includes material about the rape of women by fundamentalist armed groups in Algeria during the 1990s that was deemed “pornographic” and “blasphemous” by Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, and ordered destroyed.

The censored work, “Maportaliche/ Ecritures Sauvages (It has no importance/Wild Writings),” was on display at the Sharjah Biennial, one of the Arab world’s most important art festivals.

The Palestinian-American director of the exhibition, Jack Persekian, was also fired for having allowed this piece to be displayed.

http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/37461/censored-algerian-artist-mustapha-benfodil-on-his-part-in-the-sharjah-biennial-controversy/?page=3

See below Benfodil’s press release in English and French, and some photos of the installation.

There is an online petition one can sign :
(http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/sharjahcall4action/)

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