Gay Photography Exhibit Censored In Rio

Brazilian photographer Pedro Stephan, well-known for his portray of the gay scene in the country, had been selected last year to be part of Foto Rio 2007, one of the biggest photography events in Latin America which starts next month. According to G Online, the photographer found a location for his exhibit at the mezzanine level of ALERJ (Assembléia Legislativa do Rio de Janeiro). The exhibit was approved by ALERJ at the time, and Stephan started working on the production aspects of his exhibit. However, since the beginning of May Stephan has not been able to get in touch with ALERJ's director Marcos Pinto to get any information on the space he had been given to hold his exhibit.

The photographer was contacted recently by ALERJ, and told his exhibit was cancelled because the (gay) theme was not appropriate for the space. He is now holding a manifest on his fotolog against censorship. Yesterday ALERJ has agreed to meet with Stephan tomorrow to discuss the issue. I will keep you updated on the status of the exhibit as soon as I hear anything.


That is mighty unfortunate!

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