Drafts of Nelson Garrido´s work censored by Flickr

The Autumn Cover of Fuel Magazine features the work of Nelson Garrido, one of the most important Venezuelan contemporary photographers, whose drafts for his most recent body of work Como enseñarle arte a una liebre muerta (Homenaje a Joseph Beuys) – How to teach art to a dead hare (tribute to Joseph Beuys) were erased from Flickr.

The Autumn Cover of Fuel Magazine features the work of Nelson Garrido, one of the most important Venezuelan contemporary photographers, whose drafts for his most recent body of work Como enseñarle arte a una liebre muerta (Homenaje a Joseph Beuys) – How to teach art to a dead hare (tribute to Joseph Beuys) were erased from Flickr.

It is amazing the way censorship works. Sometimes and under certain circumstances a boop, a cock or a nipple become the center of discussion and moral debate for institutions, media and the government. Our own body becomes a bizarre image when presented naked, aroused or enjoying sexual pleasure. But censorship does not work that fast and intensely when images of war, exploitation, brutality, cruelty or pain are featured to scare audiences or keep them ¨educated¨.

Art and popular culture both produce images we consume and stay in our minds, different purposes and narratives make a huge difference between a  contemporary work of art and a work of  commercial photography, both can feature nipples, boops, cocks or blood, but the text underneath and who they serve, make the big difference.

Next censorship could go to hate speech, racism, sexism, gender violence, corporate greed, religious fanaticism, state terrorism or the morning news, maybe then the joy of our own bodies will become a liberating and growing experience for all.

cover fall 2010

the look of garrido´s profile on flickr

You can enjoy Nelson Garrido´s Art at http://portafolio.nelsongarrido.com/

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The 2010 Summer Cover of Fuel Magazine is Damaged

DAMAGED BY Richard Brooks is the body of work we have chosen this summer to be featured as the cover of FUEL. His worked seemed clean direct and had this kind of tragic beauty that caught our eye.

DAMAGED by Richard Brooks, is the body of work we have chosen this summer to be featured as the cover of FUEL. His images seemed clean, direct and had this kind of tragic beauty that caught our eye.

Richard says: ¨I used dolls to represent victims of people trafficking. The dolls are resin based and, like the people they represent, fragile. The full series starts with a set of black and white portraits that speak of the ideali…sed image of the person who is then damaged by being trafficked.I chose a map as a device to address the issue of people trafficking, influenced by a couple of Guardian articles – a 2008 article included the key phrase “down your street” and a 2009 article included “across small towns and large cities”. The repetition of the map and the smaller images is indicative of the recurring nature of the problem of human trafficking. I was shocked to discover that there are currently more people enslaved by people trafficking than at the height of the transatlantic slave trade.The colour portraits, represent the damaged individuals.The prints are deliberately in glossy, reflective laminate. This was chosen so that the work interacts with the viewer, with the viewer glimpsing something of their own reflection. This added another layer to the work that speaks of our shared culpability in the suffering caused by people trafficking.

Other contributors participating in the summer issue of FUEL are:

Ingri Haraldsen, Claudio Parentela, Alvaro Sendra, Gracie Weinrib, Lavv Photography, Kara Seaman, Whathetreesee, Volathevist, John Broadley, What Surreally Matters, Studio Zlamal and Levi Miller.

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http://www.rwbfineartphotography.com/Damaged.html

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FUEL MAGAZINE : The Power of Arts 2010

Five months ago and after being tired of reading and watching printed and online visual magazines, where the hands and thoughts of an editor clearly state a line of thinking, we decided to create a space where artists themselves could be the actual editors and think for themselves what to publish as a personal decision and as an act of sharing.

The content would reveal what the real art world is today, what the real artists want the readers to see and read and what is done when participation is open. As a collective construction FUEL MAGAZINE has reached today 365 contributions from 60 photographers, artists, illustrators, designers, painters etc.

The nicest thing about FUEL is that it is entirely made by participation, those who put their works in our pages, choose carefully what to offer to themselves and to our readers.Completely visual, FUEL is being constructed by all of us and let us know more about what the real art world is today, than any other specialized magazine online.

Come and participate, think well before adding your content, and then give us all and give yourself the best that you got.check out the current content, grab a cup of tea, enjoy and take you time to think about these images at

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