Chinese Artist Blasts French College Censorship

A Chinese artist is accusing Frances most prestigious art school of censoring her work. From CBC:

The Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris took down two seven-metre banners created by Ko Siu Lan.Nicolas Sarkozy, pictured here in May 2007 after taking office as ’s president, used the slogan ‘Work more, earn more’ in his campaign. Nicolas Sarkozy, pictured here in May 2007 after taking office as ’s president, used the slogan ‘Work more, earn more’ in his campaign. (Thomas Coex/Associated Press)

The banners — with the words on each side “gagner,” “moins,” “travailler,” “plus” (“earn,” “less,” “work” and “more”) — are a play on Sarkozy’s 2007 slogan “Work more to earn more.”

The School issued a statement this week saying the work had been removed because it violated “public service neutrality” due to its overtly political message.

“I come from China and we know what to expect there but I would not have expected this kind of brutal censorship in France,” Ko, 32, told The Guardian newspaper. The artist had spent two years in Paris before returning to Beijing to continue her work.

February 13, 2010, 10:07 PM
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