Name: Naked Man with Watermelon Photograph Vandalized

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Europe

SubjectNudity , Explicit Sexuality


Artist: Thanassis Totsikas

Confronting Bodies: 37 year old woman in conservative dress, wearing a cross, slashed the photograph.

Date of Action: December 2003

Specific Location: "Outlook," an exhibit associated with Athens's summer Olympics

Description of Artwork: Totsikas's photograph showed a naked man in a nature setting copulating with a watermelon

Description of Incident: Following the outrage against another work in the exhibition (see, Greek Museum Curator Ioakimidis on Trial) conservative Greeks began protesting artwork in Outlook. One woman stormed into the exhibit and slashed Totsikas's photograph. Another attempt was made to deface a sketch by artist Raymond Pettibon of a full frontal nude, ironically depicting Praxiteles's Hermes.

Results of Incident

Source: The Guardian,,11363,1106836,00.html

Submitted By: NCAC

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