Name: U.S. Billboard company refuses to run ad campaign in which same-sex couples are pictured holding hands

Date:  2006-present

Location:  North America

SubjectSexual/Gender Orientation , Political/Economic/Social Opinion

MediumPhotography , Public art , Commercial Advertising

Artist: Karolina Bregula

Confronting Bodies: Lamar Outdoor Advertising

Date of Action: October 27, 2006

Specific Location: Connecticut, USA

Description of Artwork: Karolina Bregula's photographs portray same sex couples holding hands.

Description of Incident: A series of billboards by Polish artist Karolina Bregula portraying same sex couples holding hands was rejected by the billboard company Lamar Outdoor Advertising of Hartford, which is refusing to run the images. Lamar's regional vice president and general manager, Steve Hebert, stated that the company was concerned that the images could be perceived as controversial, and perhaps be marked by graffiti.

Results of Incident: Lamar Advertising refused to run the billboards

Source: Real Art Ways

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