Why did a museum in Vienna open an OnlyFans profile?

Why did a museum in Vienna open an OnlyFans profile?

Tommaso Berra · 1 month ago · Art

Censorship in art has been a theme for as long as there have been artists. Rulers or politicians have opposed works that clashed with power, galleries have censored works deemed obscene, even nudes have been censored throughout art history. Francisco Goya‘s Maja Desnuda miraculously survived the Spanish Inquisition (though it was not exhibited until the early 1900s), Édouard Manet‘s Olympia was not accepted as a depiction of a prostitute, not to mention Gustave Courbet’s L’Origine du monde, whose subject you already know.

Denouncing nudity in art may seem like a lack of progressive ideas, in this disease that makes us believe we live in the most enlightened century in history. A distant thought, therefore, that did not survive the 1800s of Goya and Courbet, but of which perhaps we have not completely freed ourselves. Recently, in fact, the Albertina Museum in Vienna has decided to fight the censorship applied by social media to its nude works by opening Vienna’s 18+ content, its OnlyFans profile.

Austria’s tourism board has decided to move the promotion of some exhibitions to the adult content platform, given the recent censorship incidents suffered by Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. In July 2021, the TikTok account of the Albertina Museum in Vienna was blocked after the publication of nude photos by Japanese artist Nobuyoshi Araki. This is not an isolated case given the similar precedent in 2019, this time due to a work by Pieter Paul Rubens.

Helena Hartlauer, a spokeswoman for the Vienna Tourist Board, called the attempt to promote the museum’s activities through social media “unfair and frustrating“. “That’s why we came up with OnlyFans”.
Artists and museums have been in constant battle with the conditions of social use regarding censorship for a few years now. Right now, the criteria and boundaries of what’s allowed and what’s not are objectively fuzzy.

Even the photograph of the Venus of Willendorf, a statue dating back 25000 years and always exposed in Vienna at the Museum of Natural History, was considered pornographic by Facebook that removed it from the platform in 2018.
At the base of the problems of censorship there is another one of defining pornography, especially when it involves subjects that are born to be an expression of artists’ creativity (as in the recent case of Araki’s photos), or even more serious if they involve works of great anthropological and archaeological value (just like for the Venus of Willendorf).

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Other cases of censored works in Austria involved the Leopold Museum and several Egon Schiele portraits that were rejected by advertising regulators in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States during a 2018 Vienna tourism promotion campaign. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the same museum, a video featuring Koloman Moser’s painting Liebespaar was rejected by Facebook and Instagram as potentially pornographic.
It is clear that the relationship between art and online censorship must be modified, taking into account the concepts of freedom of expression and representation of subjects.

The idea of bringing artwork and promoting tourism through a platform that has over 150 million users is certainly a plus. The first members of “Vienna’s 18+ content” on OnlyFans will also receive discounts on exhibition tickets. However, the launch of the Albertina Museum in Vienna on OnlyFans is not a clever commercial operation. It’s a strong declaration of the operators in the art sector against censorship, following the wave of the social campaign #FixTheAlgorithm.
Be careful, however, not to put all the blame on an abstract entity like the algorithm and not to find an excuse to cry out for the return of the Spanish Inquisition.

Why did a museum in Vienna open an OnlyFans profile?
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Davide Ambroggio, an ancestral memory

Davide Ambroggio, an ancestral memory

Tommaso Berra · 5 days ago · Photography

To what extent and with what intensity can we establish an intimate relationship with nature? Davide Ambroggio‘s shots bear witness to the abandonment of a body to the order of nature. Skin is stung by blades of tall, wild grass, while the sun burns the plants and becomes the guardian of a balance that is being rebuilt.
Alessandra’s eyes are naked like her body, they look at the ground that has no certainties, except in the symbolic image of a pier that leads to bristling brambles. Davide Ambroggio’s series of shots has a central moment in which the gaze rises to the level of the horizon, and more definitively in a spiritual tension that tends to the height of the sky.
The photographs in this series are an erotic tale of man’s adaptation to nature, first to the sun, then to the earth and finally to water, which in the last shots welcomes and preserves an ancestral secret.

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Davide Ambroggio | Collater.al
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Davide Ambroggio | Collater.al
Davide Ambroggio | Collater.al
Davide Ambroggio | Collater.al
Davide Ambroggio | Collater.al

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Edoardo Lavagno’s folded arms

Edoardo Lavagno’s folded arms

Tommaso Berra · 4 days ago · Art, Photography

The half-closed lips and the frost in the eyes leave unspoken words in the air, speeches left unsaid and stifled by the poses of the naked bodies. The closed shoulders and tight arms that twist around the body like roots.
Edoardo Lavagno‘s shots portray very different women, but they seem to be frames of the same biographical film. The delicacy of a hand that casts a shadow on the sheets has the outline of a mysterious dream, in which there is a reserved eroticism that does not overflow from emotional privacy.
The walls of the houses are the background of the shots, physical limits that watch over and protect the search for freedom of expression.
There is always a window that keeps the women portrayed by Edoardo Lavagno company, a presence of light that underlines the bodies and defines their warmth, both in the color shots and in the black and white ones.

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Tommaso Berra · 3 days ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs.

For this InstHunt collection of this week we have selected your 10 best proposals: @my_perfect_little_world, @valerycia, @obsessive.ph0t0graphy, @the_rain_coyote, @albachiara.fotografie, @reportageofmylife, @laura.mangelli, @missgherard, @_gary0104, @yehorova.photo.

Tag @collateral.photo to be selected and published on the next InstHunt.

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week
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Colours and sport in the photos of Ilanna Barkusky

Colours and sport in the photos of Ilanna Barkusky

Giulia Guido · 1 week ago · Photography

The world is not just black and white, nor is it just different shades of grey. The world is multicoloured, you just have to have the right eye to see it. Ilanna Barkusky seems to have it and also seems to have the talent to capture it in aerial shots that combine sport and aesthetics. 

Ilanna Barkusky is a young photographer born in Vancouver, Canada, who now lives and works in Los Angeles. Ilanna’s passion, which has also become the field in which she specialises as a photographer, is sport. From a young age she has been involved in various sports, both by playing them and then by following them with a camera. 

The aim of her work is to capture an unrepeatable moment, a gesture or a body position that is almost impossible to see with the naked eye.
What characterises her work, however, and in particular her series entitled ‘Colour Series‘, is the focus on colours. 

Before shooting, Ilanna Barkusky does a lengthy search on Google Earth for fields and tracks painted by urban artists that become multicoloured backgrounds for her drone shots, always at the same time of day. 

Ilanna Barkusky
Ilanna Barkusky
Ilanna Barkusky
Ilanna Barkusky
Colours and sport in the photos of Ilanna Barkusky
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