Danish artist found guilty of copyright infringement over pornographic collage
Kristian von Hornsleth says the work is an artistic response to a bad review
By Clemens Bomsdorf. Web only
Published online: 27 March 2013
The Danish high court has found the artist Kristian von Hornsleth guilty of infringing the copyright of the photographer Lizette Kabré for using one of her shots in a pornographic collage. The high court upheld an earlier decision by the Copenhagen City Court and ordered Von Hornsleth to pay Kabré DKr30,000 (around €4,000), plus DKr20,000 (€2,700) to cover the photographer’s legal costs.
The Danish artist said he produced the collage, which features a photograph of the arts journalist Camilla Stockmann superimposed onto a sexually graphic scene, in response to an article Stockmann wrote for the newspaper, Politiken, in which she was critical of Von Hornsleth.
In court, Von Hornsleth said the collage was his artistic reaction to Stockmann’s article and claimed freedom of expression. He wanted to reply to her in his own language and the pornographic work showed how critics “fuck” others in the sense that they criticise them, he said. Kabré described the collage as “a personal attack motivated by revenge”.
The artist is currently working on the Deep Storage Project, an abstract star-shaped sculpture that will hold DNA samples from thousands of volunteers and will be buried at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, 11,000 metres below sea level.
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