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Police stop Copenhagen nude photo exhibition

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Mathilde Grafström's photographs are intended to show that there is nothing wrong with the female body. Photo: Mathilde Grafström
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Danish police has stopped an exhibition featuring photos of naked natural women from being shown on a square in central Copenhagen, claiming that the pictures are indecent.
Artist Mathilde Grafström takes pictures of women naked who don't necessarily conform to fashion ideals often in nature.
 
"I take my photos to show young women that they are more beautiful than they think. I show the woman that she is beautiful, and that way I can help her to accept herself," she told Denmark's TV2 broadcaster.
 
On her website, Grafström writes that her project "Female Beauty" is about combating negative self image.
 
"When we don't make our self small, boring and ugly with our own thoughts, we shine naturally of beauty, life and joy."
 
Police have now refused to give her permission to display the pictures on Copenhagen's Nytorv square.
 
Grafström has filed an official complaint to the police, claiming that there is nothing wrong with the female body.
 
"It's totally reprehensible. Total suppression of my art. I don't understand that my pictures can be offensive. They show something you see when you change clothes at swimming pool," she said.
 

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Grafström has also reported an advert for Nygart plastic surgery clinic on buses in Copenhagen that show naked breasts, The advert has not been taken down.
 
"Nygarts breasts are plastic. My photos are an aesthetic expression. It is shocking that my pictures are obscene, while advertising is not," she told TV2.
 
 

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