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.
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.”
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.