Art and Science / Exhibition

Banned Feminist Artwork Finally on Show in Aberdeen

Artist Bibo Keeley’s work ‘FREE AS A BIRD’ was banned by Aberdeen’s North East Scotland College (NESCOL) earlier this year, where she was studying Art and Design as a mature student. But it can now be seen for the first time when it is exhibited at the BrewDog Bar in Aberdeen’s Gallowgate, which opened on 22 October 2015.

At the opening of Bibo Keeley's exhibition of FREE AS A BIRD at BrewDog in Aberdeen, October 22. Photo by Maria Lanko

At the opening of Bibo Keeley’s exhibition of FREE AS A BIRD at BrewDog in Aberdeen, October 22. Photo by Maria Lanko

FREE AS A BIRD is a feminist artwork which denounces gender inequality.  However, senior College management issued a banning order on the piece and denied Bibo Keeley the opportunity to exhibit her work at the College’s Creative End of Year Show.

This act of artistic censorship caused outrage among many people, both locally and on social media.

Now the original artwork by Bibo Keeley will be the unveiled at an opening event at BrewDog Bar.

The artist was present at the opening to introduce the work and the background as to how it came about.

About the exhibition, Bibo Keeley said, “I am delighted that I now have the opportunity to exhibit my work in public. I found it incredible that anyone would  ban this artwork in the first place, because the work is very clearly aimed at promoting gender equality.”

Bibo Keeley's exhibition of FREE AS A BIRD at BrewDog. Photo by Maria Lanko.

Bibo Keeley’s exhibition of FREE AS A BIRD at BrewDog. Photo by Maria Lanko.

You can read more about the controversy over FREE AS A BIRD in an earlier GWW post by Amy Bryzgel and Fern Insh, Bibo Keeley and the Inappropriate Art of Feminism

And on the artist’s website there is a video of the opening of the exhibition.

Check out the work at BrewDog while it is still up; the closing date for the exhibition is not yet know.

//Text from the Press Release for the exhibition by Bibo Keeley.

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2 thoughts on “Banned Feminist Artwork Finally on Show in Aberdeen

  1. An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a friend
    who has been doing a little research on this.
    And he actually ordered me dinner due to the fact that I
    stumbled upon it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this….
    Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to discuss this issue
    here on your internet site.

    • Thank you! I am also pleased to hear that more people are interested in this. I am currently working with Bibo to develop more projects and hopefully get this work shown again in Aberdeen.

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