Controversial David Wojnarowicz film A Fire in My Belly goes on show again in New York

A controversial film by David Wojnarowicz is going on show once again in New York, having previously been pulled from a show at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. A Fire in My Belly includes footage of ants crawling on a crucifix.

The film will be shown at the Brooklyn Museum later in the month, as part of a series titled Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture in which the museum hopes to explore questions of gender and identity in modern America. The ant scene lasts only 10 seconds in the film, yet there is likely to be more controversy over its exhibition.

David Wojnarowicz was a prominent figure in the New York arts scene of the 80s, linked with the likes of Peter Hujar and James Romberger. He died in 1992, aged 37, as a result of AIDS-related complications.


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