In the much-anticipated Melbourne Art Foundation 2010 Lecture, artist Bill Henson delivers a vigorous defence of freedom of expression in art. In implicit response to the 'scandal' surrounding his work in 2008, Henson argues that we should be wary of governments and interest groups who try to impose restrictions on the free exercise of the artistic imagination, and that our zeal to protect innocence should not come at the cost of violating artistic experience. Following his lecture, Henson responds to questions from the audience.
Bill Henson is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. His work is to be found around the world and in every major public collection in Australia.
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the Bill Henson "controversy"
I was trawling through Slow TV's archive looking for more lectures to watch (and there are many) when I found this by David Marr. Unfortunately the question time is missing. Ed.
Journalist and writer David Marr speaks passionately and intelligently about the recent sagas involving photographer Bill Henson, which are the subject of his new book, The Henson Case. Melbourne, October 2008