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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Quebec library gallery has a failure of nerve?

CBC reports:

"An exhibition of work by slain Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi has been shut down, following complaints it was too sympathetic to the Palestinian uprising."

Presumably, the public library in Côte Saint-Luc has books that could be perceived as sympathetic to the Palestinian uprising in its collection despite the large local Jewish community. And presumably, this library would adhere to the intellectual freedom policies of the Canadian Library Association, part of which reads as follows:

"It is the responsibility of libraries to guarantee and facilitate access to all expressions of knowledge and intellectual activity, including those which some elements of society may consider to be unconventional, unpopular or unacceptable... Libraries should resist all efforts to limit the exercise of these responsibilities while recognizing the right of criticism by individuals and groups."

So what is going on here? Should not a public library gallery function under the same rules that governs the ideas in the library proper?

1 comment:

Zeke's, the Montreal Art Gallery said...


I'd suggest pointing this out to Robert Libman. His email is and his phone number is (514) 485-6936.

Combine this with Roadsworth, and the city looks like it is doing everything in its power to get rid of artists.

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