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March for a controversial video

Local arts activists led a protest march from the Transformer art space at 14th and P streets NW to the National Portrait Gallery, where officials recently removed a work of video art depicting Christ with ants crawling over him after complaints from a Catholic organization and members of Congress.

 
 

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Arts activists hold masks of late artist David Wojnarowicz on the steps of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, which recently removed "A Fire in My Belly" -- a video containing ants crawling on a crucifix -- from its sexuality-themed exhibit "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture." Victoria Reis, foreground, director of the nonprofit Transformer gallery, has vowed to show the full 30-minute original version of the artwork on a continuous loop in the window of her Logan Circle gallery.


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