Exposing the Censor Within at the College Art Association Conference in Dallas, TX, 2008

Wednesday, February 20–Friday, February 22, 8:00 am–7:00 pm
Adam’s Mark Hotel, 2nd Floor
Open and free to the public

Exposing the Censor Within is an interactive public installation conceived by Svetlana Mintcheva, Director of the Arts Program at of the National Coalition Against Censorship and realized in cooperation with Montalvo Arts Center.

By guaranteeing the anonymity of the confessors, who might not want to share their stories publicly, Exposing the Censor Within seeks to expose the extent to which we censor ourselves – in everyday life encounters with family, teachers, friends and colleagues as well as in our creative lives as writers, journalists, curators, painters, filmmakers or musicians.

Were there times you were afraid to speak up? Do you sometimes wish you spoke your mind more? Do you wish you censored yourself more? Have you changed what you’ve written for fear it would get you into trouble? In your art, music, writing, or filmmaking do you ever stop yourself from doing what you want because you are afraid that people might misunderstand? Have you ever stopped yourself from saying something because you thought it might be rude or insulting?  Are you glad you stopped yourself?

The project is simultaneously launched in the Virtual Coalition Against Censorship pavillion in the multiplayer online world Second Life. Click here to be teleported to the pavillion (you will be asked to create an avatar – it is all free and relatively easy).

For further inquiries: contact Svetlana Mintcheva at 212-807-6222 or svetlana@ncac.org.