The anonymous Instagram account Scene and Herd (@herdsceneand) has achieved a settlement with Indian artist Subodh Gupta, who sued the administrators for defamation last year. According to the Indian digital newspaper ThePrint, Scene and Herd’s lawyers informed the court that they would withdraw the posts and allegations. In return, the account will retain its anonymity and Gupta will drop his demands for monetary damages.
In 2018, allegations of sexual harassment against Gupta were posted on the Instagram account, which aims to spur the #MeToo movement in India’s art community. The following year, the artist moved forward with a civil suit in Delhi High Court and demanded around Rs 5 crore (~$700,000) in damages. In a controversial move, Gupta had also asked that Facebook, which owns Instagram, reveal the identities of Scene and Herd’s administrators and take down the relevant posts. Last month, the defendants gave their first statements in the Delhi High Court, where they cited the importance of anonymity in order to maintain the platform’s neutrality and protect themselves against retaliation.
Though Scene and Herd complied with Gupta’s request that the posts be removed, their ability to remain anonymous — one of the most contentious points of the case — is viewed as a victory.
“I actually do think that it was important for the court to recognise that anonymity for a person in such a case is significant. The court passed an order allowing the person to file the reply anonymously,” Abhik Chimni, who represented the account’s owners, told ThePrint. “This is important because in future cases or in sensitive cases like this one, it might allow people to come forward.”
This week, blonde hair supremacy, Salman Rushdie’s new novel, and why do boutique shops all look the same?
Fayneese Miller is under fire after the school failed to renew the contract of an adjunct who showed artworks depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.
Located in Des Moines, Iowa, this residency for emerging and established artists includes studio and living space, a $1,000 monthly stipend, and more.
Hundreds of visitors were evacuated from the Incan site over the weekend.
The artist’s works resonate in West Texas, where the story of dehumanized and exploited migrant laborers is tangible and ever-present.
A posthumous show of Price’s work is curated by James Hart of Phil Space, the self-proclaimed “gallerist of death.”
She has raised generations of Bay Area artists and changed the local landscape with her public artworks, colleagues tell Hyperallergic.
Fully-funded teaching assistantships are standard for MFA students at the top-ranked, flagship research university in the state of New York.
Saim Sadiq’s crushing debut, the first Pakistani film to be shortlisted for the Oscars, is imbued with a crisis of space.
Asma Naeem’s appointment comes in the wake of a tumultuous period for the institution.
I couldn’t in good conscience accept an invitation to an exhibition hosted and sponsored by a brutal regime.
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed centers the artist’s campaign to stop the “artwashing” of the Sackler family’s role in the opioid crisis.