Censorship, Sexuality and Resilience: Revisiting Paul Wong’s “Confused Sexual Views”
March 7th, 7PM
Building on the main themes of sexuality, self-organization and activism presented in Griffin’s current exhibition, Vancouver based artist Paul Wong will revisit the controversy surrounding his 1984 project tiled “Confused: Sexual Views” which was banned by the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the ensuing legal battles that he fought and lost. In 2002 the VAG purchased this work for its permanent collection. Produced just before AIDS had reached epidemic proportions, this piece features twenty-seven individuals as they speak about bisexuality and challenge conventions of behaviour and human relations. Joining the conversation, Karen Knights of VIVO Media Arts will share her experiences and involvement in the Vancouver arts anti-censorship movement of the 1980’s, and her support of Wong’s work “confused Sexual Views”.
Griffin Art Projects is thrilled to partner with VIVO Media Arts to facilitate this event.