Censorship Essay

1249 Words Jun 4th, 2015 5 Pages

Censorship is a highly controversial topic regarding the arts, controlling the freedom of expression of artists to convey what is deemed acceptable within society. Ai Weiwei falls victim under the power of the regime and the influence of censorship guidelines within China, limiting the display of his art due to the important messages he raises. Andres Serrano has experienced attempted censorship on his provocative image, Piss Christ, and has been attacked for producing offensive art. Censorship aims to conceal certain artworks which clash with the viewpoints of others; however, it should not be enforced as they are confrontational, challenging audiences and act in response to political, social and cultural contexts.
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A lesser extent is represented through Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ4, causing uproar where attainment of religious censorship has been highly sought after. Piss Christ is an image displaying a crucifix immersed in Serrano’s urine and George Pell, the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, requested it be prohibited from being presented in the National Gallery of Victoria. There have been numerous times following that in order to gain censorship including an effort to remove it from the wall as well as it being damaged with a hammer.5 Although this work may provoke some viewers, it is only because of the way they have interpreted it. All artworks are open to interpretation with individuals perceiving it a certain way based on their ideas and beliefs, which is why censorship should not be encouraged in art. Censorship removes something that is of value to a variety of people and even when it isn’t as appealing to others, it has the ability to stimulate thought. Serrano’s image may be viewed offensive as it presents Christ submerged in the artist’s urine, which may be shocking and believed to be disrespectful, but on the other hand, it may be considered a testament of Christ’s power and beauty through the use of urine, a natural product, as well as being apparent aesthetically through the use of bold colours. Serrano is

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