Artist: Jill Friedman
Confronting Bodies: Ramon Rojano, Hartford's director of human services
Date of Action: October 2002
Specific Location: Cultural Affairs Offices of the city of Hartford, CT
Description of Artwork: Shot at a peace rally in Washington, D.C., in April, one color photograph showed two women in black carrying a poster that reads "In The Name Of Allah Oh Israel Give Palestine Back And Go In Peace." Below those words were the six-pointed Star of David and a swastika, connected by an equal sign. The second photograph was of a poster showing the American flag with its stars replaced by skulls and the red stripes resembling dripping blood. The words "War is Terrorism" adorned the top of the poster and the bottom reads "Just ask the innocent people of," before listing 18 countries including Afghanistan.
Description of Incident: The comparison between Judaism and Nazism enraged some people working in the building Cultural Affairs Offices. That prompted Ramon Rojano, Hartford's director of human services, to ask that the pictures be removed.
Results of Incident: By the next morning after the photographs were hung on the walls Rojano asked Yvonne Harris, the gallery's curator, to ask Friedman to remove the photographs, which she did. Yet she informed about the case of censorship the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union. Philip Tegeler, the legal director with the CCLU, wrote to Mayor Eddie A. Perez, saying Rojano had censored the photographs based on his viewpoints and that government censorship was constitutionally prohibited. Following this the city officials were instructed to reinstate the photographs to the exhibition.
Source: http://www.ctnow.com, NCAC
Submitted By: NCAC
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