The Monash Gallery of Art touring exhibition features photographs of a naked teenage boy, with his ribs protruding, and his pubic hair on display. The educational resource provided to students and teachers said the exhibition dealt with themes such as the human body, adolescence and suburbia. Students are also invited to look at Henson's body of work via a weblink to the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, which was raided by police in It ties the photography to VCE subjects ranging from art to philosophy and asks students how successful Henson is at capturing youth and adolescence. The Burrinja Gallery, in Upwey, said they did not have an age restriction on the exhibition and they had only received positive feedback from visitors. Their education resource brochure suggests contacting gallery staff to determine "the suitability of exhibition content for the year levels you wish to bring".
The Dark Side of Beauty: Photographs by Bill Henson
Henson nudes not 'revolting', but demand reflection
By Decade By Theme. When police seized key works from photographer Bill Henson's Sydney show after complaints it contained child pornography, an old public debate about censorship collided head-on with a newer climate of concern about paedophilia. Child protection advocates claimed that the nude images of a 13 year old girl represented the sexual exploitation of a minor and should be treated as criminal. Henson's defenders argued the images were part of the western tradition of the nude, were non-sexual in nature and vehemently opposed their censorship.
Bill Henson's photographic work seized from gallery by police
The controversy about the Mr Bill Henson's photographs has touched deep feelings. The issues involved have inevitably been reduced to single words or phrases, like exploitation, censorship, pornography, parents' response and freedom of artistic expression. The issues however are complex, because the social relationships involved in taking and showing photographs of pubescent children are also complex and interrelated. They need to be named and thought through patiently.
Thank you for signing up. Sorry, it looks like an error occurred. The naked body has been the subject of art for thousands of years and artist Bill Henson's photographic exhibit of nude adolescents is not pornographic, an art expert says.