The UK premiere of Andres Serrano’s first feature filmRevoltwho mapped the January 2021 Capitol attack in Washington DC has been called off because he was “pro-Trump”.
According to the artist, the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square canceled the Nov. 11 screening after a “misinterpretation” of the content. Serrano would present a Q&A on right-wing extremism after the prime minister.
He tells the art newspaper: “I don’t want to call it censorship, but it is. To say this movie is “pro-Trump” is like calling me a Jesuit priest. I’m not pro-Trump, I’m pro-art and sometimes art is not only open to interpretation, but also subject to misinterpretation.” The Prince Charles Cinema could not be reached for comment.
Produced by the London-based organization a/political, the film premiered in Washington DC in January this year, a year after the Capitol attack. Consisting of news clips and smartphone footage online, in addition to archival footage of the riots of the Great Depression, Serrano has described the work as “an immersive experience” of the Capitol attack, which killed more than 2,000 Trump supporters, including members of the Proud Boy. movement, a right-wing militia, stormed the US Congress in an attempt to thwart the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory.
A/political now plans to hold a screening of the film on November 11 at St Johns Church in Hyde Park Crescent, London at 7:30 PM.
Trump has previously been the subject of several of Serrano’s works; the artist first photographed the former president in 2004, as part of his America photo series. Meanwhile, Serrano has been collecting Trumpian objects and images since 2018 — including Trump’s college degree, Miss America paraphernalia, and a souvenir miniature cake from Trump’s 2005 wedding to Melania, bought for $1,880 at an auction in Boston. Serrano turned the collection into a book that he published in 2020 with the title The Game: All Things Trumpwho created a panoptic portrait of the 45th US president.
Rather than belittling Trump, however, the collection reflected on why the world has been so captivated by the man for the past 40 years. Serrano believes it comes down to Trump’s power to be everything to all people, he previously told the art newspaper: “He is what you want him to be; he is your enemy or your friend, your devil or your savior. He is good and evil or maybe just good or bad. He is the reason for your dreams or your despair. He will play any role you want. He can be the uncle who wears everyone out at the table, or he can be your Santa.”