The art industry has been rocked by a series of protests in recent times. These might be regarding the Sackler family or for some other reasons. Now, we are reporting about an exhibition from Aichi Triennale being censored which was based on censorship itself. It is reported that the organizers of Aichi Triennale received threats after they placed a sculpture of one among thousands of “comfort women” forced into sexual slavery. This was reportedly done back during the time of World War II.
This exhibition was regarding Japan’s history of censoring art but the exhibition has reportedly been censored to just three days while it was scheduled for much longer. This exhibition named “After ‘Freedom of Expression’?” was curtailed due to censorship and pressure from the public.
According to a report from Mainichi Japan, more than 700 people filed a complaint against the exhibition on the first day of the show itself. However, the exhibition was objected prominently by Takashi Kawamura who is the mayor of Nagoya saying that it “tramples on the feelings of Japanese citizens.” in a letter sent to Omura with a demand for the sculpture to be removed from the exhibition. He added that “It’s unrelated to a lack of freedom of expression, It doesn’t have to be displayed at a venue funded with a massive amount of taxpayers’ money.”
In response to Kawamura’s letter, Omura said that “The government and public officials should be the ones protecting freedom of expression, Even if the expression is not to their taste, they should accept an expression as expression.”
Curators of this exhibition were understandably outraged by this protests and said that it is a “historic outrage” claiming it to be “the worst censorship incident in Japan’s postwar period.”. Artistic director of the Triennale said that “It is regrettable that we have made an example that undermines freedom of expression,”