Protesters have accused a photography event in Russia as a child pornography exhibition, thereby putting a stop to the event.
US photographer Jock Sturges is known for his clicks that are inspired by teen nudity. His reputation prompted him to stop his exhibition in Moscow as the protesters accused him of shooting child pornography. The demonstrators blocked the whole venue following pro-Kremlin senator Yelena Mizulina’s declaration of the event as anti-social and pornographic.
The protesters represented the NGO Officers of Russia and they gathered at the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography on Sunday afternoon. They said that they would evaluate the contents of the exhibition and only then would they allow or disallow conduct of the exhibition. They added that if they found the contents as “pedophilic,” they would put a ban on the event.
Besides throwing stones and conducting other unethical actions, one of the protesters posed as a journalist and then threw a mix of urine and acetone on his art pieces. The event led to the man’s detention. He was charged with hooliganism.
The attacks were followed by a series of earlier attacks by nationalists and Russian Orthodox activities during the event. Mizulina said that the images in the event are of naked schoolgirls and qualified as child pornography. “This is propaganda of pedophilia in the most accurate sense of the word,” she commented.
Lumiere Brothers Center had a negotiation conversation with the activists, after which the photography exhibition center banned the controversial event. “We have agreed with the Centre that they’ll meet our demands and close the exhibition,” Anton Tsvetkov, the head of the NGO, told TASS.
The “Absence of Shame” exhibition made the news this week when bloggers wrote about the US photographer’s controversial work that featured nudity. RT reported that Sturges started taking photos of his female models for the event since they were three years of age.