Dealer, collector and curator of Outsider, Visionary, Esoteric and Occult Art, STEPHEN ROMANO GALLERY, in an effort to promote artist INDIA EVANS in his booth at SCOPE ART FAIR 2018 has been BANNED from FACEBOOK  for 30 days for posting a link to a feature on the artist’s work on DISINFO.


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This follows FACEBOOK’s absurd banning as pornograhic one of the world’s oldest known works of art the Venus of Willendorf,

Stephen Romano, who has been banned before for posting works by WILLIAM MORTENSEN from the 1920’s said “Oh well, nothing new, FACEBOOK goes against it’s own COMMUNITY STANDARDS on posting artworks that depict NUDITY IN ARTWORKS regularly.  What’s extremely disconcerting is that Facebook has made itself the final arbitrator of  what’s appropriate for social media with one public policy and inconsistent retribution.  I dont know if it’s because the moderators are not trained well enough to know the difference between art and porn – which is facebook’s responsibility, not an excuse –  but I think in this case it’s pretty obvious this a hand created artwork and is exempt from being hidden , and me from being banned.. Whatever the case may be, Facebook should be supportive of artists who push the boundaries, and relative to other things I’ve seen on Facebook, the works of India Evans, while controversial, are not malicious or vitriolic in any way shape or form.  They do not depict harmful speech or repression towards any person, group or ethnicity, so what’s the basis for the censure or the ban? Art is meant to engage, to edify and to challenge us, and this work fulfills those premises.  It should be celebrated, not shamed. ”

Artist India Evans responded:

“•• I was not aware that Facebook employed art authorities. I thought that they only employed computer experts and financial advisors who create shell companies in tax havens to spare Zuckerberg billions of dollars in corporate tax. It would be interesting to know what sort of background the person who deemed my work pornographic has. He/she has certainly never spent time in a museum or on an art book. Has never visited Pompeii or Herculaneum. Has never heard of the word eroticism. This person who censored my work is simply ignorant of anything that relates to art. I would like for him/her to read these few lines by Bukowski…”
Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and from others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is real, and I can’t vent any anger against them; I only feel this appalling sadness. Somewhere in their upbringing, they were shielded against the total facts of our existence.” Sincerely, India Evans ••”

New York Artist India Evans.

The art of India Evans




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INSTAGRAM also censored the announcement by STEPHEN ROMANO GALLERY that it was banned from facebook, taking down this post immediately:



Stephen Romano didn’t stop there:

“In DEFENSE OF THE ARTIST, as far as I’m concerned INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK have declared war on artists, and engaged in a smear campaign against India Evans, by their actions of  maligning her ARTWORK as pornographic, attempting to strip her of her right to express herself uninhibitedly. In the abstract space of social media, this is very harmful and ill considered.”

If it’s an untrained person in a third world country in a cyber farm who made the decision to censure and ban, under pressure of producing a quota, that reflects on how aloof and casual Facebook’ takes it’s responsibility and demonstrates a lack of  consideration on how serious the implication of their actions of censure are.

Facebook delegates power of judgement – without any avenue of appeal – to uninformed, overworked, underpaid and obviously uninformed tech workers about the work of artists who have dedicated themselves to a serious practice and made immeasurable sacrifices to perpetuate themselves.  This is an imbalance of power, completely unjustified, and the artist is the one who suffers.”



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