Todd Atticus announces new Opposing Hate and Hateful Conduct public policy

Every day Todd Atticus re:defines art for thousands of people. Nothing makes us more excited than engaging people and helping them see the world afresh through the power of art. One of the most amazing things about art is the range of experiences and understandings it can unlock. We believe the act of re:defining art should reflect the diversity of our communities because we believe in openness, tolerance, respect, and freedom of expression, and we want to ensure that Todd Atticus art promotes those values.

However, we do not tolerate hate. Hate is anything that expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientations, or disability.

Today we are announcing our policy on Opposing Hate and Hateful Conduct.

Todd Atticus believes in endorsement by association. With this new policy, we will reserve the right to remove from public show any Todd Atticus art that appears alongside work, or in institutions, that violate our policy. It is important to us that Todd Atticus’ values are reflected in the work that we do, whether it’s in the production, exhibition or promotion of art or artists.

At the same time, however, it’s important to remember that cultural standards and sensitivities vary widely. There will always be behaviour that is acceptable in some circumstances, but is offensive in others, and we will always look at the entire context. 

Todd Atticus has thought long and hard about how to handle art that is not hateful in and of itself, but is principally made by artists or exhibited by institutions that have demonstrated hateful conduct personally. We work with and support other artists and art institutions in various ways - we exhibit with them, collaborate creatively, and promote them in the digital and physical space. While we don’t believe in censoring content because of an artist’s or institution’s behavior, we want our curatorial decisions - who Todd Atticus chooses to appear alongside, and where - to reflect our values. So, in some circumstances, when an artist or institution does something that is especially harmful or hateful (for example, violence against children and sexual violence), it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or institution going forwards.

This is our first iteration of this new policy. These are complicated issues, and we’re going to continue to revise our Policy on Opposing Hate and Hateful Conduct. We’re always open to learning and will use experiences and sensitivity in guiding our mission to re:define art in the most respectful way for everyone.