Brett Bailey’s show cancellation reeks of ‘censorship’

Mail & Guardian | Stefanie Jason:


Theatre representatives have expressed anger over the shutting down of Brett Bailey’s ‘Exhibit B‘, but a protester says they didn’t call for a ban.

The manner in which Brett Bailey’s Exhibit B show in London was cancelled goes beyond the realm of protest and finds itself in the arena of censorship. 

A woman poses in Brett Bailey’s art installation ‘Exhibit A: German South-West Africa’ at the Museum of Ethnology in Vienna on May 16 2010. (Reuters)

This is according to international and local performance and theatre representatives, following the cancellation of the white South African theatre director’s live exhibition on Thursday.

Expressing their concern at the cancellation of the exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London last week, the representatives issued a statement on Monday saying they “fully support this theatre work, which is a critique of colonial exhibitions and human zoos”…


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