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A Fire in My Belly

When: Sun., Feb. 13, 1-5 p.m. 2011

When House Leader John Boehner, prompted by the Catholic League, forced the removal of a video excerpt of a David Wojnarowicz film from a National Gallery of Art exhibition last November, he set in motion a reaction against censorship in the museum world that UNC-Chapel Hill's Ackland Museum has stepped up to join. The elegiac A Fire in My Belly, which was unfinished and predates Wojnarowicz's HIV-positive diagnosis, has nonetheless been edited, excerpted and repurposed in AIDS-related contexts—most significantly as part of Rosa von Praunheim's Silence=Death. The surrealistic montage includes fire-breathing street performers, crucifixes and money swarmed by ants, and lips being sewn shut—one of Wojnarowicz's signature images. Semiotically intense without being what anyone but the Church Lady might call explicit, the video is presented by the Ackland in a way that shows both its personal expressiveness and rhetorical complexity. A Fire in My Belly is being shown in the Ackland's Study Gallery through Feb. 13. Three versions are being shown, and they're run continuously during the museum's open hours. On Sunday, that's 1–5 p.m.; otherwise, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m.–8 p.m. —Chris Vitiello

Price: Free

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