Tits 'n Clits 'n Elephant Dick (Part I)

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Date: 2006

Region: Asia

Subject: Explicit Sexuality

Medium: Installation Painting


Artist: Gitanjali Dang, Sanjeev Khandekar and Vaishali Narkar

Confronting Bodies: Colaba police

Date of Action: August 2006

Location: Mumbai, India

Description of Artwork: The exhibition entitled,Tits 'n Clits 'n Elephant Dick (Part I), caused much controversy due its provocative title and controversial subject matter. The installation was an inquiry into the conflicting realities of market driven societies and their peculiar cultural logic.

The Incident: The police received numerous complaints about the artist exhibition and almost shut it down. Before the exhibition opened, the artists consulted others about which works to use and decided to exclude certain works due to their subject matter.

Results of Incident: Instead of having the exhibition shut down, the artists decided to cover the "offending artwork." In response to the incident, some artists say that they decided not to attend the exhibition because of its title. Others say they did not enjoy the exhibition on the basis of aesthetics. Others supported the artists and the exhibition because of their opposition to censorship.

Source: www.hindustaintimes.com