Allan Spiers
Photo Project

The Sabbath

Project year: 2016 – (ongoing)

The Sabbath is a project that captures the evocative and seductive emotions of the folklore surrounding witches and their nocturnal meetings known as the Sabbaths. These Bacchic rites let loose our inhibitions and seduce us with their promise of power and grandeur. Gaze upon this dark world and enter the forbidden.

Censorship

The Sabbath represents the wild, the untamable, that which exists at the edge of society in the liminal darkness. Because it makes people uncomfortable, shows them things they wish to keep hidden, it is under attack. Companies such as Paypal and Patreon have demeaned and devalued the project, reducing it to pornography because it shows the male form in a state of ecstasy and arousal. They have not even a basic grasp of artistic context or history. They seek to censor my project, and Patreon specifically demanded I delete it from my own website if I wished to continue using their platform. This is a very personal attack by Puritan America, the very thing the project fights against. This is real, and it is harmful to not only this project, but free artistic expression as a whole. Eroticism in art is as old as time and we will not submit, and we will not be silenced. The project has moved to its own page where I am planning on showcasing it as it evolves into a vividly comprehensive photo grimoire. Until I can find a more suitable platform, attend The Sabbath directly on its site and continue to revel in defiance against these oppressors!

This project is now part of The Sabbath Project.

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