Baltic Faces Prosecution
The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead is in the news again. Last year Nan Goldin's alleged child porn photo was seized by Northumbria Police (CLICK). This time it's Terence Koh's statue of Christ - shown earlier this year - which is causing a rumpus. The bulge between Christ's knees is supposed to be an erection. (Koh's grasp of anatomy is as lousy as his art.) Emily Mapfuwa, an NHS administrator from Essex, has launched a private prosecution against the Baltic Centre, alleging the gallery offended public decency and breached Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 by exhibiting Koh's tripe. This promises to be a landmark case. The first hearing is set for September.