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Indian Police Close Down Gay Photography Exhibit In New Delhi

Though the Indian government has made it clear it has no intentions of recriminalizing homosexuality, LGBT issues are still contentious: An exhibition by gay photographer Sunil Gupta closed Saturday after police stormed the gallery and ordered it shuttered.

Sponsored by Alliance Française as part of the current Francophone Festival, “Sun City & Other Stories” opened Friday and was still in previews at New Delhi’s Galerie Romain Rolland when an attendee notified the police that it contained obscene images. Reports the Hindustani Times:

When we contacted the Tughlaq Road police station, an official said, “A man named Hargobind Arora called up that the show has adult and nude photos on display. That’s when we sent a squad.”

Gupta is being diplomatic about the whole thing, telling the Times, “I’m not in a position to say anything. Calling off the exhibition was Alliance Française’s decision.”

One commentor in the Hindustani Times story says the police action represents a double standard:

“Make no mistake, this is homophobia. Plenty of naked women exhibitions have happened as excellent art. Plenty of naked men. Alarms blare when there are two naked men together.”

“Sun City & Other Stories” ran without incident at France’s prestigious Center Pompidou. Though not all the images in the show were explicit, a series shot in a bathhouse depicts naked men. “There were men in towels so lots of thighs and torsos but no genitals were showing,” Gupta told The Times of India.

Nudes in an art show? Perish the thought!

 Images via Sunil Gupta

On:           Mar 29, 2012
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    • Dany

      A nation with massive poverty due to overpopulation censors an art show about gay imagery. There is a huge tragic joke in there somewhere, and all the gods of every pantheon from human imagination are laughing.

      Mar 29, 2012 at 8:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Timmeeeyyy!!!

      I guess this is India’s Robert Mapplethorpe moment. On the plus side, this publicity should increase Sunil Gupta’s prices.

      Mar 29, 2012 at 8:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shungaboy

      Here’s Sunil Gupta’s website. Gay activist and photographer. http://www.sunilgupta.net/

      Mar 29, 2012 at 8:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tookietookie

      @Chad: Typing in all caps like a crazy person is very persuasive.

      Mar 29, 2012 at 10:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ajai

      Come on, India. What’s next shutting down the temples in Khajuraho? Eroticism is part of our beautiful culture.

      Mar 29, 2012 at 11:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Larry

      @Chad: assuming a troll or you live in amish country??? from the examples shown I do not think it is very good art and for chads sake…even worse poronography

      Mar 29, 2012 at 11:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bigg

      @Chad – there’s no way I believe you’re anything but a homophobic troll. So, there’s a better place for you to hang out & comment: gaypatriot.org. They’re all batshit crazy homophobes over there too – you’ll fit right in.

      Mar 29, 2012 at 11:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Frederick

      @ Chad-You’re a weirdo.

      Mar 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FunMe

      From the land of KAMASUTRA … oh wow!

      But then again, Bollywood movies don’t allow kisses on screen, so no surprise here. BUT things will change eventually with an emerging YOUNG Middle Class, fueled in part by the outsourcing of jobs to India.

      Mar 29, 2012 at 6:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JS

      @Dany: Your comment doesn’t make a lot of sense. You’d have to look pretty far ‘in there’ to find that joke.

      Mar 29, 2012 at 10:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JS

      Also, if you look through the artist’s website, you’ll realize that the criminalization of homosexuality came from British laws: http://www.sunilgupta.net/Mr%20Malhotra's%20Party/mrmalhotra'spart.html

      Mar 29, 2012 at 10:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Javed

      Very narrow minded thinking….
      How can one relate gay art exhibition with country’s poverty…

      The person is not aware the in arranging such art gallery few people gets job and earn money… models also get paid for photography… etc…etc…

      God is neutral, its narrow thinking of some human mind that they believe that God think as per those guys but it not true… Such people must know that its God who have made this world, having guys with different choice….

      Think Again…

      Mar 30, 2012 at 12:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chad

      Say what u will. THIS IS NOT ART. IT’S PORNOGRAPHY. And is a shame the gays would have anything to do with this!!!!

      Mar 30, 2012 at 12:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rafael

      @Dany: So you agree with social conservatives who say homosexuality is a threat to the continuation of the human race?

      Mar 30, 2012 at 3:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rafael

      @FunMe: How will outsourcing breed acceptance of homosexuality?

      Mar 30, 2012 at 3:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bigg

      @Chad – I’ll say this, your opinion on the difference between art and pornography wouldn’t impress a third grader. Why don’t you find someplace else to troll where people will pretend to care what you say.

      Mar 30, 2012 at 9:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cãm

      How does homosexuality have any relation with poverty and outsourcing? Guys talk sense. India has more literates than the USA. And talk about Kamasutra only if you have read it… Its anti gay.

      May 27, 2012 at 4:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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