It’s been over a month since the National Portrait Gallery removed David Wojnarowicz’s video “A Fire in My Belly” from its Hide/Seek exhibit, and I still think about this act of censorship nearly every day.
For me, one method of coping with and fighting against the National Portrait Gallery’s decision is to disseminate information on queer art and artists. One such free resource is Queer Arts Resource, a website which has celebrated the work of queer artists for fifteen years.
Although the site doesn’t have a defined mission statement, the below quote seems to aptly sum up the site’s goals:
Until the recent advent of Queer Studies, the History of Art has omitted most material of direct relevance to lesbians and gays. Much has been suppressed, much has been lost due to neglect or censorship, and a great deal has simply been overlooked. QAR is expanding the range and depth of knowledge about contemporary and historical queer art, and making this information freely available on our website.