Further to my last post, I received the following mail which repudiates the information I posted about the work of Nicolas Estrada, which I published in good faith from information given to me by him. I have received an email from the curator of this show asking me very specifically to remove the erroneous information from the blog entry and to remove any details about the misunderstanding too.

I have agreed to do this as it is the easiest way to ensure that neither the show nor Crafthaus receive any adverse publicity.

I can only apologise for the mess this has caused to everyone and state that I am very embarrassed to have been part of this.

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Comment by The Justified Sinner on October 4, 2010 at 4:37pm
OK, so I have deleted the "meat" of the information at the request of the gallery who didn't want to be embroiled in any scandal. It seems that there was a misunderstanding by Nicolas - which I have to say that I have no reason to doubt - and the truth of the matter is that one of his two exhibits was rejected on the grounds that it was made from commercial castings rather than for any scandalous reasons relating to "armed jewellery". It was still rejected by US Customs and not the gallery, but on commercial and not aesthetic grounds.

I am actually very keen on Nicolas' work and like him very much as a person, so don't believe that he actually engineered this but I can easily see how it looks as if he did. I would never deny that there are certainly those out there who would do so.
Comment by 2Roses on October 3, 2010 at 11:24pm
Dauvit, welcome to the world of public relations in the 21st century. Its an uncomfortable situation to discover that you were taken in by a campaign of misinformation. We think this turn of events is still an open discussion of freedom of speech, and also a bridge to the discussion about ethics taking place in eMerge.

While all of us leaped to the defense of a fellow artist when we felt that his freedom of speech was impinged, how do we all feel now that Mr. Estrada is discovered to be crying wolf. This wasn't an innocent misunderstanding, this was a deliberate attempt to manipulate public sentiment and gain attention.

In our estimation this artist has vaulted himself into the unenviable position as the Paris Hilton of metalsmithing. Your 15 minutes are up Mr. Estrada.
Comment by Mirla Fernandes on October 3, 2010 at 5:07pm
Wow, but now I got curious to know the real reason for the piece to be refused! Could you explain? I also read the Facebook post and I think you should not feel bad about it. This kind of thing happens often due the speed of news today and I am pretty sure everybody knows it was in good faith.
Comment by Lorena Angulo on October 3, 2010 at 10:59am
I also had seen a discussion about this on Facebook before the posting here in Crafthaus. I had the same information as Dauvit, and I am sure his intentions were good for what he though was the correct information. I am glad to know what really happen and after Valeria's explanations it is much clear and logical.
I am sure the exhibition will be great and I am happy to see Latin American artists' work exhibit in this country.
I wish I can be there and see it.
Comment by The Justified Sinner on October 3, 2010 at 10:02am
I am feeling a bit silly at the moment for not having checked my facts more thoroughly. I do have to say that Nicolas also sent me an email this morning and that I am in no doubt that he misunderstood the reasons for the pieces being rejected, so I don't think it was deliberate. I'm actually very glad that the scenario was NOT as thought and my basic faith in the USA to allow both freedom of speech and artistic expression can once.

I am absolutely sure that this exhibition will be well worth visiting and can only apologise for having been part of passing on incorrect information.
Comment by 2Roses on October 3, 2010 at 9:54am
It appears that Nicolas attempted to stir the promotional pot by adding a bit of controversy of his own.
Comment by Brigitte Martin on October 3, 2010 at 5:53am
I had seen the initial post come through and being discussed on facebook a day or so before you posted it on crafthaus. Had the incident indeed happened as it was described, it would have been a bad situation. That this has apparently all played out a bit differently does not deter from the fact that you initiated a very worthy discussion topic. I am glad you did!

Brigitte

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