Made by Jan Martinez

Let's talk about censorship and control of the media

Created: October 11th, 2015



The big idea behind the project is to start a conversation about censorship in art. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with media in the form of ads, films, internet videos, public demonstrations, and the like, we come across the situation that there might be certain topics deemed unsuitable for some people. This raises many questions. What should be censured? To whom is the benefit? Who should actually do the censuring? What’s the difference between “who” and “whom”?

That’s what I want to do. I want people to really dig into these questions. I want to cause discussions about what is and is not allowed, especially when it comes to nudity and the human body. There is a ton of media that involves sexy, half-nude, usually female models, yet nobody bats an eye. On the other hand, a glamour or pin-up model is seen as just a physical body, treated as nothing but eye-candy that only “adults” can enjoy.

So let’s discuss it. Let’s talk about censorship.


One source of inspiration was from the documentary “Exit Through The Gift Shop”. When we first see Thierry use prints, his work featured celebrities with sunglasses on. It made me think of how sometimes we’re blind to the media around us and don’t notice how we can sometimes be “brainwashed”.


Once I knew what the idea was, the hardest part was finding a painting famous enough that one could easily recognize it and realise it was being censored.



I took Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” and censored Adam’s penis by adding a black rectangle over it. Not much else, really.


It’s simple, maybe too simple. It might not get the point across.


I think it works. Hopefully people understand what’s happening and they actually talk about censorship.

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Let's talk about censorship and control of the media