Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Medium: Mixed Media
Artist: Zanny Begg
Confronting Bodies: Mayor Leo Kelly
Dates of Action: 2005
Location: Blacktown, Australia
Description of Artwork: Life-size paper cutouts of an American soldier in military fatigues, holding a gun. Begg had planned to post the works, carrying the slogan "Checkpoint for Weapons of Mass Distraction," in public places around Blacktown.
The Incident: The mayor banned the display because it deals with the US war on terror. This is part of the ongoing interference with the work of the Blacktown Arts Centre.
Results of Incident: The Art Centre funding is threatened. The cardboard soldiers are on display on the street outside of Mori Gallery in Sidney.
Source: The Sun-Herald