Censorship

Is it time to #Twexit? How Elon Musk’s Twitter shake-up has divided creatives

With the platform's new owner firing moderators, some artists are hoping for an end to censorship while others fear discrimination

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Losing the battle: Cuba’s dissident artists find ways around censorship despite government crackdown

Since the passage of the country’s repressive Decree 349, the state has gone to great lengths to silence critical voices—but artists refuse to be silenced

Arts group takes on Polish government over political interference in cultural institutions

US-based Artistic Freedom Initiative will challenge in EU court the Polish government, saying it is “suppressing free and open artistic expression”

Myanmar's military junta releases outspoken artist Htein Lin who had been sentenced to a year's hard labour

The artist was set free in an amnesty of political prisoners, which included his British wife

US laws meant to stop sex trafficking are making it difficult for artists to promote and sell their art online

A set of ambiguous laws has pushed platforms to refuse service to artists whose work includes nude imagery or could be construed as sexual

Fleeing Twitter? Sick of Instagram? Eight lesser-known social media sites for the art world to try

More than a million users have left Twitter since business magnate took over the platform

Farewell to contemporary art in Russia: the cancellation of the Moscow Biennale marks the end of an era

Dozens of contemporary art shows have been forced to close since the outset of the war with Ukraine—but this one was meant to serve Putinist propaganda

Censored? London premiere of Andres Serrano’s Capitol attack film pulled for being 'pro-Trump'

US artist says that Prince Charles Cinema has “misinterpreted” his work

Jenny Holzer projection takes over Rockefeller Center in support of freedom of expression

The renowned conceptual artist’s latest public art piece, a collaboration with PEN America, comes after after shocking attacks on authors and journalists in the US

Decision to ban pro-Palestine films engulfs Documenta 15 exhibition in another censorship row

Members of the finding committee—including Tate Modern director, Frances Morris—condemn the advisory group’s decision to pull the works

Is art censorship on the rise? How freedom of expression is being curbed across the globe

Plus, a striking photograph by Diane Arbus and the Guggenheim Bilbao at 25

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‘Photography gave my existence meaning’: Ukrainian artist Boris Mikhailov on making art in the USSR

As he prepares for a major retrospective in Paris, he reflects on his homeland’s war with Russia and how his art was born from adversity

Jailed Cuban artist receives €50,000 inaugural Prince Claus Impact award

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara is one of six artists to be honoured by the Dutch NGO

Trigger Warning: a new column on censorship in art today, from must-read books to which algorithms are policing creative content

Our chief contributing editor Gareth Harris will examine attacks on freedom of artistic expression and issues like ‘cancel culture’, providing valuable insights and context

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Censored: the exhibitions that Instagram doesn’t want you to see

Galleries and artists are Increasingly finding themselves at the centre of heavy-handed suppression on the social media platform

New venues open in Hong Kong and Taiwan amid tense relations with China

The directors of the Hong Kong Palace Museum and Taipei Performing Arts Center both state that they are free of censorship

Cuban government sentences dissident artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara to five years in prison

After more than a year in prison, Otero Alcántara was convicted of “insulting national symbols”

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Three years after censorship meeting, Meta is still not listening to artists

In 2019, 20 artists were invited to discuss Facebook and Instagram's problematic approach to art and nudity—so why has nothing changed?

Russian justice ministry declares feminist artist Yulia Tsvetkova a 'foreign agent'

Tsvetkova, who is currently on trial on charges of disseminating pornography, is one of a growing cohort of dissidents to be labeled 'foreign agents'

Banning Bourgeois? Instagram censors photos of artist's 'sexual' fabric works

According to reports, visitors to The Woven Child exhibtion at London’s Hayward Gallery have had their posts mysteriously deleted

Brazilian museum accused of censoring photographs of Marxist land reform movement

The museum claims the works' removal was due to a scheduling issue, but the curators involved in the selection described the images' omission as "disrespectful and unjust”

New York gallerists say landlord shut down their space to censor exhibition

A show at Brooklyn’s Haul Gallery by Peter Clough featuring explicit imagery provoked a visit from a man claiming to represent the building’s landlord

Censorship on social media not only limits artists' online reach—it can prevent future opportunities, too

Instagram censorship is preventing some artists from showing the bulk of their work—and punishing them and their followers

Pillar of Shame sculpture honouring Tiananmen Square victims shown in Budapest after Hong Kong removal

Copy of 1997 work erected on street, renamed to honour alleged human rights victims in China

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Is Instagram censorship changing art itself?

The platform’s control over what counts as art is effectively changing the way it is made, shown and seen

Mamma mia! Posters for Naples blasphemy show spark outrage

Blasphemy laws in Italy are strict and can result in fines

Fraud: the case of Inigo Philbrick

Plus, Warhol’s Catholicism and Moscow’s new museums

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Why Onlyfans is not the solution for artists being censored on Instagram

More institutions and galleries ought to be fighting for contemporary creatives with the same passion that Vienna is fighting for long-dead ones

Beijing v Brescia: Italian city fights Chinese demands to censor exhibition of dissident artist

Chinese political cartoonist Badiucao has been accused of "spreading anti-Chinese lies" in his works