">Name: Violeta Gomez's "Alice in Loveland"
Artist: Violeta Gomez|
Confronting Bodies: Spanish judicial authorities
Date of Action: October 2001-February 2004
Specific Location: Spain
Description of Artwork: 'Alicia en el Pais del Amor' (Alice in Loveland), a series of photographic portraits of little girls, inspired by the photographic work of Lewis Carroll.
Many artists and intellectuals were on my side and wrote a maniphest vindicating my work and the right to free artistic expression. Well-known artists as Joan Fontcuberta or Albert Boadella gave me their support too.
I was not informed about the case development until March 2002. After that, the videotapes (mostly movies recorded from the TV) were returned, but not the rest of materials. Part of the investigation kept secret some more months. By then, my novel 'Carmila' (one of the seized works) was published. It was possible because one editor kept a printed copy of the original text. The novel, inspired by Le Fanu's gothic classic, featured a love story between a young vampire female and a little girl. Many bookshops refused to sell the book and many presentations in colleges and schools were cancelled. A quiet boicot followed. The novel had been awarded in a prestigious contest in 1998, with a jury formed by many Spanish major writers, including a Nobel prize winner.
In october 2003, two years after the 'Alice' case began, a new judge decided to close the procedure for lack of any evidence to support the charges in a court.
Now, part of the exhibition 'Alice in Loveland' can be visited online in Violeta Gomez's site in:
The exhibition is ready to travel to any gallery or art institution around the world if required. In the last years I kept on working on new photographic series and other artistic works.
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