Visiting academic Tomasz Kitliński in post-communist freedom debate
31 Jul 2014
University of Brighton visiting academic, philosopher and LGBT activist Tomasz Kitliński participated in a panel debate entitled After the Wall which explored issues of freedom and censorship after the fall of the Berlin wall. The audience at the Goethe Institute in London consisted of journalists, academics, members of the arts world. Kitliński is a Marie Curie fellow currently working within the College of Arts and Humanities.
After opening up to questions from the floor, the debate steered through a wide-ranging field of topics: nostalgia, capitalism, art censorship, minorities, LGBT rights, new divides, the rise of the far right.
Kitliński, spoke about the transgressions against freedom that are being still being perpetrated in post-communist Europe: artists and the writers who face threats from the authorities. He pointed to cases like that of Dorota Nieznalska, who was convicted of blasphemy, fined and prevented by a judge from leaving the country for displaying a piece of art that included an image of a penis on a cross. The exhibition of which her installation formed part was closed down by authorities.
The panel was organised and led by Index Magazine. Index is an international organisation that promotes and defends the right to freedom of expression.
Watch a video of the panel debate: