Lesbian Art in America

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Artist: Zoe Leonard, Harmony Hammond

Year: 1990's

Date of Action: August 2021

Region: North America

Location: International and Instagram

Subject: Explicit Sexuality, Political/Economic/Social Opinion, Religion, Sexual/Gender Orientation


Confronting Bodies:

Description of Artwork: "Inspired by the author Eileen Myles’ run for president, and written at the height of the AIDS epidemic, the poem, “I want a president,” has since been shown in museums, galleries, and outdoor installations around the world. More than a quarter-century after it was written, the poem made its way to Instagram—and became the center of a controversy over censorship on social media."

The Incident: {{{description_of_incident}}}

Results of Incident: This poem was censored by Instagram

Source: https://qz.com/1190263/why-is-instagram-censoring-zoe-leonards-poem-from-1992/