Non-controversial textile wins $8000

Work seized in city, but artist’s piece here earns praise

AWARD-WINNING: Rural City of Wangaratta mayor Rozi Parisotto and Pam Proctor from the Wangaratta Art Gallery with ‘Map’, the Paul Yore work which took out the $8000 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award on Saturday. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

A MELBOURNE artist who won an $8000 award in Wangaratta on Saturday has been interviewed by police in relation to pictures seized from a St Kilda gallery on the weekend.

Paul Yore’s tapestry work, ‘Map’, was announced the winner of the prestigious council-run Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award on Saturday.

But at St Kilda’s Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Yore’s installation ‘Everything’s F…ed’, drew a markedly different reaction, with complaints it amounted to child pornography.

Victoria Police media spokesperson, Senior Constable Melissa Seach, said yesterday that a 25 year old Footscray man had been interviewed in relation to several pictures seized from a business in Acland Street on Saturday.

The man was released pending summons, and charges may include production and possess child pornography.

The artist has said the criticism was ‘extreme censorship’.

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