Thursday 12 September 2013

Artist faces child pornography charges

The recent federal elections may have overshadowed this latest art news out of Australia.

Australian artist, Paul Yore, was charged last week with producing and possessing child pornography. The charges were laid following the seizure by Victorian police of pieces of his art back in June of this year. The artworks were from one of his installations called "Everything's F..ked" - which was on display at a Melbourne gallery at that time.

One of Yore's allegedly pornographic pieces

The case is scheduled to be heard in the Melbourne Magistrates Court in November. If it goes to trial, it is likely to be a landmark case on the censorship of art.

Source: The Australian, 7 September 2013

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

During my time at university in Finland (in 2008), in connection with a basic course on procedural law, I sat through a similar trial as an observer at the District Court of Helsinki... To my recollection, Finnish artist Ulla Karttunen was finally condemned on charges of distributing child pornography after using images that appeared in the results of "ordinary" online searches in a publicly displayed work.