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Ministry cancels nude exhibition

It would have drawn a big crowd.But a government ministry found it distasteful, or sort of.

The Amharic Reporter this morningn reported that the controversial exhibition in Addis featuring nude photos has been cancelled.

The exhibition, featuring the photographs of 50 nude girls taken by Binyam Mengesha, was due to open Friday at Dembel City Center’s Abesha Art Gallery.

The gallery is privately owned but permit is required from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.But the Ministry refused to grant the permit saying that the works violate the society’s norms and culture.A claim the photographer doesn’t agree with.” They are works of art that showcase our culture and beauty.Such artistic works should be encouraged, not banned.” he was  quoted as saying.

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  1. D.B
    June 27, 2008 at 10:19 am

    This is a complete farce.It brings to mind what they call “moral policing”.The so-called ministry should have engaged itself in other important and pressing duities than banning trival photos.After all, this is one of the most inefficent instituiton that fails to carry out its roles and responsibities-taking care of the county’s historical and cultural relics.Why camera taken pictures should be a cause of anxiety for them is beyond me.
    I’m not an advocate for nudity.As a matter of fact, I feel the nude ex is a little fanciful for Ethiopia.But this in any way can’t justify this nonsence and ridiclous descions.Who on earth gave them the right to dictate us what we should watch and we shouln’t?
    If they find the works offending, (Which I doubt) let they cover thier face, but can’t decide for me.

  2. Mimi
    June 27, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    This will only drive more demand for the pieces… Maybe the “artist” will end up showing his artwork outside of Ethiopia. His photos were too prono-like for my tastes. If I were him I would have photographed a pic of a beautiful model covered in red paint. With an gun stuck in her mouth. Laying on a table. And titled it african democracy …

  3. mick
    July 1, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    the government should be more concerned about the pornography of poverty in the country. they need to get out of their big cars and look at the hunger and poverty all around and then ask themselves which is more pornographic, those photographs or the widespread scenes of poverty?

  4. July 29, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    This isn’t art. If it is art then what type of art? as culture art they should have taken of the Gambela pics like my Gambela friend says . Yes off course this isn’t pornography yet but where are we heading too we accept this then we will accept playboy soon then we go to the ……………….. So bini boy why don’t you keep you art to yourself and create something from your head don’t copy from the westerns!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am the fucking cancelled it ,

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