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====Date: [[:Category:2002|2002]]====
|year=2015
 
|region=North America
 
|artist=Roopa Vasudevan and Atif Ateeq ("Hands Up" installation),
 
|subject=Political/Economic/Social Opinion
 
|confronting_bodies=Flux Factory, NYPD Patrolmen's Benevolent Association
 
|medium=Electronic Media, Installation, Mixed Media
 
|date_of_action=May 2015
 
|location=Flux Factory, Long Island City (Queens), NY
 
|description_of_content=HANDS UP is an interactive installation that explores law enforcement’s relationship with people of color. The installation simulates the experience of being confronted by the police in the manner that resulted in the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, in Ferguson, MO. The piece directly places visitors in the chaotic and overwhelming moments that have since led to an ongoing debate about the state of race relations in America. Video plays on loop of Freddie Gray’s arrest in Baltimore, and police shootings of Walter Scott in South Carolina and Michael Brown in Ferguson. The installation is meant to be experienced alone.
 
  
From the website: "One at a time, a viewer walks behind a curtain into a room containing a large wall of flashing red and blue lights. They hear the sounds of sirens and the voices of police telling them to put their hands up. Once they comply and their hands are in the air, a gunshot is heard, several blinding strobe flashes are triggered, and the noises disappear. The viewer is shaken by the sudden light and noise, and left in a chilling void of silence as they exit the space."
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====Region: [[:Category:North America|North America]]====
|description_of_incident=Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (the NYPD police union), told the Daily News: “This so-called ‘art project’ is based upon a lie and perpetuates a falsehood about police officers and their use of force. If art is supposed to enlighten and uplift, this piece of crap doesn’t qualify.” Lynch told PIX11 that he had not seen the installation, but he had heard about it.
 
|description_of_result=After being harassed, Flux Factory closed the space to the public for the remainder of the exhibition and visits to the installation could be made by appointment only. ('Hands Up' was scheduled to be on display at Flux Factory from May 15–19, 2015).
 
|image=Roopa Vasudevan hands-up1.jpg
 
|source=https://rouxpz.com/hands-up
 
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HANDS UP: https://rouxpz.com/hands-up
 
  
[https://www.indiawest.com/entertainment/global/indian-american-explores-police-gun-battle-deaths-through-digital-art/article_7a6c0bd8-0dff-11e5-bc8a-6f1f0f4b78c5.html Indian American Explores Police Gun Battle Deaths through Digital Art, Jun 8, 2015]
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====Subject: [[:Category:Political/Economic/Social Opinion|Political/Economic/Social Opinion]] [[:Category:Religious|Religious]]====
  
[https://hyperallergic.com/208206/crimes-of-the-art-13/ Crimes of the Art, Benjamin Sutton May 19, 2015]
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====Medium: [[:Category:Painting|Painting]]====
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[[File:Lucong.jpg|left]]
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'''Artist:''' Cong Lu, "Lucong"
  
[https://pix11.com/2015/05/18/police-union-slams-hands-up-art-exhibit-in-queens/ Police union slams ‘Hands Up’ art exhibit in Queens, MAY 18, 2015]
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'''Confronting Bodies:''' Students at the Art Students League of Denver (ASLD)
  
[http://player.ooyala.com/static/v4/stable/4.16.8/skin-plugin/iframe.html?ec=51Yng1dToZFIAZmKwnQ9BZO8_s2y6o9W&pbid=9ae34776f76145da969becdeb205e6a5&pcode=hpOTQyOnmbX84Mb9rpsdJwTfN9uo&fbclid=IwAR3WdCOB20CXXBhu5PVxUIoN4NqMLaQqrzmgHJDbYzIapmi4uNkJy_wwx8o Video interview (PIX11)]
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'''Date of Action:''' November 14, 2002
  
[https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/hands-flux-factory-installation-simulates-police-shooting-299454 Hands Up: Flux Factory Installation Simulates Police Shooting, by Cait Munro, May 18, 2015]
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'''Location:''' Denver, Colorado, USA
  
[https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/nypd-union-slams-hands-art-installation-queens-article-1.2225266 NYPD union slams 'Hands Up' art installation in Queens, By THOMAS TRACY and ANDY MAI. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS MAY 17, 2015]
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'''Description of Artwork:''' ''Self Portrait of a Martyr'' is a depiction of a young Asian man lifting his shirt up revealing his torso strapped with explosives, and a pistol tucked into his waistband. <P>
  
[https://www.metro.us/new-york/controversial-queens-exhibit-simulates-police-shooting/zsJoeq---5RWYYzZsbHvK6 Controversial Queens exhibit simulates police shooting, By Nidhi Prakash, May 17, 2015]
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'''The Incident:''' After Lucong's receipt of a Student Best of Show award his paintings was hung in the main lobby of the ASLD. Shortly thereafter, several students complained about the painting, calling it anti-American, anti-Semitic and anti-Christian. These students wanted the painting moved to a less prominent spot in the school.  <P>
  
[https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-newyork-handsup/new-york-exhibit-taps-into-dialogue-on-race-and-policing-idUSKBN0NZ27G20150515 New York exhibit taps into dialogue on race and policing, by Alice Popovici MAY 15, 2015]
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'''Results of Incident:''' The artist's right to self-expression and the artworks placement received the full support of the executive director of the ALSD, the faculty and the board of directors. The painting remained in its location. <P>
  
[https://www.instagram.com/p/2uRWQrrXah/?utm_source=ig_embed Flux Factory Instagram post, May 15, 2015: Hands Up]
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'''Source:''' NCAC, from an article in the RockyMountainNews.com
  
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[http://www.fluxfactory.org/events-old/hands-up/ HANDS UP, a project by Atif Ateeq and Roopa Vasudevan / Opening Reception Friday May 15th, 7 – 10pm / On view May 15th-19th, 2015]
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{{Display censorship incident

Date: 2002

Region: North America

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion Religious

Medium: Painting


Lucong.jpg

Artist: Cong Lu, "Lucong"

Confronting Bodies: Students at the Art Students League of Denver (ASLD)

Date of Action: November 14, 2002

Location: Denver, Colorado, USA

Description of Artwork: Self Portrait of a Martyr is a depiction of a young Asian man lifting his shirt up revealing his torso strapped with explosives, and a pistol tucked into his waistband.

The Incident: After Lucong's receipt of a Student Best of Show award his paintings was hung in the main lobby of the ASLD. Shortly thereafter, several students complained about the painting, calling it anti-American, anti-Semitic and anti-Christian. These students wanted the painting moved to a less prominent spot in the school.

Results of Incident: The artist's right to self-expression and the artworks placement received the full support of the executive director of the ALSD, the faculty and the board of directors. The painting remained in its location.

Source: NCAC, from an article in the RockyMountainNews.com

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