Artist Victoria Larielle’s exhibition in support of Henson
June 4, 2008
In the on going freedom of speech debate about Bill Henson, photography, art and youth; local Melbourne artist Victoria Larielle has held a successful exhibition at Loop, of naked pictures of eleven year old boys. Attended and cleared by Police, the exhibition has been given the green light and will not be ‘banned’. Congratulations to Victoria Larielle for standing up, taking action and making this protest happen. As a female artist with an underage male subject matter, the accusations of her salaciousness have not been anywhere near as vocal. Actually, there has been none at all. One gaze is motherly and benign, the other corrupt and perverted…hypocrisy, per chance? See here.
Witchfinder General in this whole affair is Hetty Johnston, from Bravehearts. She is accused online of misandry and being a hysteric out for blood, headlines and sensationalism. Johnston believes she has found rich pickings in the artistic work of Bill Henson. Its absurd really.
Of course, its ironic for us at MUFF as our our screening/s of films at Loop in 07 (with everyone over the age of 18 in the audience and in the works) all got banned! For example the films of excellent New York sex filmmaker Tony Comstock, and even a documentary on Graffiti, all got diced. Where was Cate Blanchett, the 2020 team and Alison Croggon then, we say? The same can be said of our many other censorship problems at MUFF over the years. Its a selective defending of freedom of speech in this country, that shits me personally…
Mathew Clayfield has a post on his excellent Esoteric Rabbit blog on the topic, where he quotes Germaine Greer actually making sense for once! And provocatively posting five images and getting readers to pick the odd one out. See here. Matt’s off to live in Sydney and write for The Australian, so we’ll miss him here in sMelbourne, but wish him well as he journeys North…
Lucy Tartan, also, has an interesting blog on the subject of Henson, art and pornography… that should get Tony Comstock commenting. See here.
Thats all for now. Still no word from Bill Henson on all this hubbub.