Art censored for anti-capitalism

This video says about itself:

Named after a common brand of French stationary, Claire Fontaine is a ready-made artist, exemplifying an empty, standardized identity produced by contemporary capitalism. Her works include neon signs, sculptures, videos, light-boxes, and texts, and while her message is often militant and radical, she more closely resembles subjectivity-on-strike, compromising our ability to define it and institutionalize it.

The title of her exhibition in The Front Room is They Hate Us for Our Freedom and includes a new sculpture, a wall text made with the burnt remains of lit matches, and a poster of Jackson and Dave, Dick Cheney‘s two dogs. They hate us for our freedom is a seminal sentence of George Bush‘s speech after September 11 and states an ideological and economical distance with the eastern world supposed to justify the wars to come.

Claire Fontaine’s exhibition raises the question of the meaning of freedom in liberal societies, and discretely shows the violence and the lack of independence that comes from the simple fact of being governed.

This video shows Capitalism kills love, by Claire Fontaine.

From The Art Newspaper, about the USA:

Anti-capitalist work of art proves “too political”

Work was ­removed from its site one day before Art Basel Miami Beach was due to open

By Anny Shaw | From Art Basel Miami Beach daily edition, 4 Dec 09

Capitalism Kills Love” is a pretty punchy statement, but Paris-based art duo Claire Fontaine (James Thornhill and Fulvia Carnevale) were nonetheless shocked to discover that their work had been ­removed from its site one day before Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) was due to open.

The sign, Capitalism Kills Love (Red, White, Blue), 2009, was intended to hang on the side of a building on the corner of 21st Street and Collins Avenue as part of ABMB’s Art Projects, but the slogan proved a bit too political for one of the two owners of the building. According to Paola Guadagnino, co-director of the Naples gallery T293 (D25) which represents the artist duo, the disgruntled owner objected as soon as the sign had gone up.

“He was pretty shocked,” says Fulvia Carnevale. “He thought the meaning was too political for him. This can happen with people who are outside of the art world.” With help from Art Projects curator Patrick Charpenel, the sign was reinstalled on the side of another building on Meridian Avenue in under 24 hours.

But even in its new location, it seems the artistic statement was greeted with comments and criticisms. According to the artists, a passing Miami Beach policeman asked the art installers working on site what the sign said. When they told him, “Capitalism Kills Love”, Carnevale says the officer said they should “Go back to Europe”.

In theory, the police should sustain the law, and freedom of speech and artistic expression; not an economic system, like capitalism. Remember, the United States constitution does not say there should be capitalism. However, in practice, police are sometimes different …

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