A Chinese calligrapher has been banned from the China Artists Association for a performance piece featuring women painting with brushes held in their vaginas.
Sun Ping's membership of the professional government-led body has been revoked, with the
group announcing their decision in response to his sexual calligraphy .
The artist shocked art fans with his show, as well as his use of pubic hair for brush pens. Somebody snitched to the Chinese authorities and he was expelled him for
failing to adhere to the national association's artistic standards, claiming that his art is wantonly defiled calligraphy and trampled over civilisation . A statement from the CAA said:
In recent years, Sun Ping
used the name of performance art to promote 'sexual calligraphy' in China and overseas. The general public have looked down upon it. After investigation, his behaviour has indeed caused adverse social impact and great damage to the reputation of
Chinese Artists Association.
Ping argues that his intention was to demonstrate the connection between art, the body and creativity in opposition to China's sexual taboos . He has reportedly been displaying vaginal calligraphy
since 2006 without repercussions, having first joined the CAA in 1985 after graduating from the Guangdong Academy of Fine Arts. He said:
My art may seem ugly and vulgar on the outside because we're clouded by
principles and conventions, but there is also elegance, beauty and inner value. If art is revered then why can't sex be as well? A vagina is too often labelled as vulgar but it is where we all come from.
Representatives of the Eros Association, an Australian adult trade group, told a Senate committee looking into the so-called nanny state , its members were suffering because of restrictions on what they could sell.
While they couldn't sell
films depicting certain consensual sex acts, people could still stream them online. Eros business manager Joel Murray told a hearing:
They simply download it or order it from overseas. That's money that doesn't enter
the Australian economy. So from an economic perspective it doesn't make sense.
He also criticised the limited list of acceptable practices and fetishes, with many of those not included discriminating against the gay, lesbian, bisexual
and transgender community.
The restrictions of businesses selling adult entertainment are so severe that they are proving unviable. There were only two businesses in the ACT (Canberra) that had X18+ licences and they soon would give them up, he
warned. The X18+ licence fee in the ACT ranges from $15,000 to $31,000, with having single films classified costing more than $1000.
The association also raised concerns about state laws that ban the sales of porn in all the major states. Adults
can buy and possess X18+ films (with the exception of Western Australia), but only adult stores in the ACT and Northern Territories can sell them.
The Ugandan Government has established a Pornography Control Committee which will be tasked with, among other things, ensuring early detection and prohibition of dissemination of pornography. The commitee will work with the minstry of ethics and
integrity, the Uganda Police Force and any other agencies of individuals that it feels will help it.
According to the Minister of Information and National Guidance, Jim Muhwezi, the committee will help curb the problem of pornography that has eroded
the African moral fabric.
The nine member committee will be chaired by Dr Anette Kasimbazi Kezaabu and its other members will include Pastor Martin Ssempa , Sheikh Mohammad Ali Waiswa among others.