">Name: Censorship of Bill Henson Photographs at the "Creative Australia 2020 Summit"
Artist: Bill Henson|
Confronting Bodies: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the Australian Government
Date of Action: May 26, 2008 to Present
Specific Location: Sydney, Australia
Description of Artwork: A series of 20 photographs depicting pubescent youths in various poses, situations and states of dress.
In response to the claims that Bill Henson's work exhibited at the "Creative Australia 2020 Summit" is obscene, artist Victoria Larielle exhibited her own series of nude photographs. The subjects were eleven year-old boys when the photos were taken. The artist asserts that her exhibit is an effort to support Bill Henson and to explore the vulnerability and fragility of human-kind. The series is entitled, "I am not a photographer nor a pedophile but an artist".
As of June 6, 2008, Australian authorities declined to formally charge Mr. Henson with any crime. The artist described the experience as "profoundly humbling," adding: "It is reassuring to see existing laws, having been rigorously tested, still provide a framework in which debate and expression of ideas can occur."
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