Name: Russian customs agents confiscate photographs to be displayed in London

Date:  2006-present

Location:  Russia and Central Asia

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion


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Artist: The Blue Noses

Confronting Bodies: Russian airport customs agents

Date of Action: October 2006

Specific Location: Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport

Description of Artwork: Eight photographs depicting three men wearing masks of President Putin, George W. Bush, and Osama bin Laden in sexual situations.

Description of Incident: Matthew Bown, a British art dealer, was detained by Russian customs officials for about nine hours upon them finding the photographs. He was questioned about who made the pictures and about the Marat Guelman Gallery in Moscow (Where the works were on loan from).

Results of Incident: Five of the eight photographs were confiscated. The officials explained that they could not allow images portraying heads of State in a derogatory manner to leave the country. Bown said the confiscated pictures would be reprinted in London and the exhibit would continue as scheduled.

Source: The Art Newspaper

Submitted By: NCAC

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