In Poland, social media users, activists and celebrities with too much time on their hands have been posting images of eating bananas in a protest at censorship.
A decision from the state-run National Museum of Warsaw to censor an artwork done by artist Natalia LL in 1973 for claims of “obscenity” has been making rounds in Poland.
The artwork, which is a video for a naked woman eating bananas and enjoying it, has been taken down from the museum after it has been on display for years as a result of a decision taken by the museum's new head, Jerzy Miziolek.
The museum cited complaints received from parents who attended the museum with their children.
As hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the museum on Monday night to eat bananas ridiculing the authorities censorship, social media users and opposition activists in Poland went to the internet platforms to protest censorship and shared their photos while eating bananas with “pleasure” mocking the government’s “narrow-minded” decision.
Polish celebrities have been posting #BananaSelfies in response to the National Museum's decision to remove an artwork showing bananas being eaten in a sexually suggestive manner.— Notes from Poland 🇵🇱 (@notesfrompoland) April 29, 2019
There will be a banana-eating protest outside the museum later today https://t.co/E2xHH6AWbh
People took to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, with hundreds if not thousands of photos shared in protest of censorship on art.
Famous artists and directors have also taken part in the protest.
Translation: “I have been a “Fructoporograph” [Art of pornography with fruit] for a long time. Photo from 2015.”
One user said argued the main aim of art is to address unusual issues and cross boundaries.
I love and hate when art gets banned. Some art is supposed to push boundaries and make people uncomfortable and I LOVE that. Are we going to be prudes and ban all the sexy fruit and fruit art?? 🍌#BananaGatehttps://t.co/gNEnjx5GHi pic.twitter.com/cRNka7mne2— Vicki Brenner (@Vickiinmyhead) April 29, 2019
In Poland, massive discussions over censorship and art have been ongoing for the past year after the Polish right-wing government was elected last year.
In the self-proclaimed land of free speech, unburdened by Western notions of political correctness, the director of Poland's national museum has been removing works of modern art because a teenager was allegedly traumatised by images of a woman eating a banana. pic.twitter.com/h3ZQdbB23i— Christian Davies (@crsdavies) April 29, 2019
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