Thursday, June 14, 2007

Hong Kong to stage nude photo exhibition

From June 16th Hong Kongers will be able to experience something quite rare for the SAR: a public exhibition of nudity.

The Body Arts Association (described as a nudist group) is staging a nude photography competition to mark the 10 year anniversary of the handover and to test whether attitudes towards nudity have changed in Hong Kong over that time. "Some of these pictures show sexual organs. If there aren't many complaints about it and the feedback is good, I would consider it a success," said Simon Cheung, chairman of the Association.

I'm quite surprised to hear Hong Kong even has nudist groups. I mean, where do they go?

As this article points out, Hong Kong is now actually a more prudish society than urban China, at least in terms of open and public displays of sexuality.

Nudity is still equated with sex in Hong Kong, which is now in some ways more conservative than mainland China, which has already staged nude photographic exhibitions and also has sex shops.

In 1995, the Hong Kong Obscene Articles Tribunal famously classified a newspaper picture of Michelangelo's statue of David as indecent. The ruling was overturned on appeal.

The organizers say they have had over 300 entries for the competition. Public nudity is currently illegal in Hong Kong, although the Body Arts Association is campaigning for a secluded nudist beach to be created.

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