Masking Controversy after photo furore

Kathy Evans, The Age, Melbourne, 10 May 2012, p. 24

FOUR years ago, artist Polixeni Papapetrou found herself the centre of a controversy when a nude photograph of her six-year-old daughter, Olympia, graced the front cover of Art Monthly. The magazine was joining in a noisy debate that had erupted over the artistic portrayal of children in the wake of the Bill Henson debacle, when police swooped on a Sydney gallery and seized photographs of naked adolescent girls in the belief they could be pornographic (the inquiry was abandoned two weeks later and the pictures put back on display).

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