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Date: 2008

Region: Australia

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Painting


Artist: Van Thanh Rudd (b. 1973)

Confronting Bodies: Melbourne City Council

Date of Action: May 23, 2008

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Description of Artwork: The painting depicts Ronald McDonald running past a burning monk, with Olympic torch in hand.

The Incident: City officials banned the work from public exhibition, citing copyright concerns as the reason. The artist asserts that his painting is a comment about how the global economy interferes with human rights' initiatives.

Results of Incident: Rudd and his supporters are voicing protest. In their opinion, Australian government officials see the painting's references to China as a threat to Sino-Australian relations.

Source: The Age and ABC News; http://www.smh.com.au/news/arts/rudd-nephews-artwork-rejected/2008/05/23/1211183064608.html