Frank Cordelle's Century Project next week at UNCW has ruffled a few feathers, not that it was a cause of concern the first time this circus came to town in 2002. The University of North Carolina Wilmington will not publicly display nude photographs of underage girls in the upcoming exhibition much to the dismay of the same group of folks that can't understand why it was wrong to sexually exploit Dakota Fanning in the making of the movie Hounddog.
Cindy Lawson, an assistant to Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo for marketing and communication, said “we wanted to be sensitive to concerns raised about nude photos of young people under the age of consent. Due to these concerns, the university requested that ‘Century Project’ photographer Frank Cordelle remove any photos of minors from the exhibit when it runs at UNCW; he has agreed.”
Why is it wrong to display these photos? Well these are underage kids, they are labeled underage because they have been deemed to be incapable of making a decision such as whether or not to take off their clothes for a photograph that will be public domain. Not only that but this "Artist" Cordelle makes money off of the exhibits, around $4,000 each week.
Janet Ellerby, of the university’s Women’s Resource Center, which is sponsoring the exhibit is pissed. How dare someone be upset that some girls are being used in a manner in which they are incapable of agreeing to participate, legally.
In fact the 16 year-old girl in the censored photo above said about her experience,(btw, it is illegal to photograph a 16 year-old nude, and equally as illegal to display the photograph...unless, of course, it's art)
Whose to say what sort of problems can arise once your parent or guardian signs a consent for allowing you to be photographed nude and have it on display all over the world? Perhaps it is a cathartic experience, perhaps it isn't. No one actually knows and it seems people like Ms. Ellerby don't care. They spend $4,000 or whatever it is, of our money, to perhaps further humiliate an already fragile human being.
This is not about "dirty pictures" or censorship, this is about common human rights and last I checked children are just as entitled to them as Mr. Cordelle.
So UNCW, let's just do away with any of this exploitation of minors in the future and use that money to focus on your students from dying or being arrested (either way ruining lives) because of the drug epidemic running rampant on your campus.
Monday, March 2-6
Monday - Thursday | 9-5pm Friday: 12-3pm
Reception on Wednesday, March 4, 6-8pm
The Century Project is a realistic photographic representation of the contemporary American Female. This provocative collection is meant for all women and men who love them.
By Frank Cordelle, photographer
Sponsors: UNCW Women's Resource Center, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Department of History, Honors Scholars Program, The College of Arts & Sciences, Randall Library, Health Applied Human Sciences, Upperman African American Cultural Center
Monday, March 2
5-6pm, Randall Library, 2nd Floor
Q & A with Frank Cordelle, Photographer
Sue Cody: RandallLibrary
Janis Chakars: English and Journalism Professor
Adam Tate: CARE coordinator for Men's Programs
Dee Casey: Director, Violence Prevention, CARE
Bill DiNome: Student Media Coordinator