Cancelled! Censorship and self-censorship in the arts
Censorship of the arts is on the increase: both that imposed from above, by the state, but also from below, with artists calling for works to be taken down from display. This episode of Behind the Scenes of the Museum brings together three experts – Julia Farrington, Associate Arts Producer at Index on Censorship, artists mentor Manick Govinda, and the art critic JJ Charlesworth – to discuss the significant cases, and analyse what is going on: what is new (as compared to the old style Mary Whitehouse kind of censorship); why do institutions capitulate so easily to complaints; and what is to be done.
Julia Farrington, Associate Arts Producer, Index on Censorship. Twitter: @IndexCensorship
Manick Govinda, Arts consultant and mentor. Twitter: @manick62
JJ Charlesworth, Critic, Art critic, senior editor ArtReview. Twitter: @jjcharlesworth
► CASES DISCUSSED
1. Homegrown: commissioned by the National Youth Theatre
See also, Channel 4 news report, with an interview with the director Nadia Latif
2. Isis Threaten Sylvania , the Mall Galleries
3. Saatchi Gallery covers two paintings by an artist known as SKU
4. Drill music removed from You Tube
See also, Gang members banned from making Drill music
5. Brett Bailey’s, Exhibit B
Petition: 'Withdraw the racist Exhibition "Exhibit B - The Human Zoo" from showing at the Barbican from 23rd-27th September 2014'
See also, this news report & discussion on BBC1 Sunday Morning Live, from 28 Sept 2014.
Louise Jeffries from the Barbican on Radio 4's Front Row on why and how the Barbican cancelled Exhibit B.
6. Protests over Dana Schutz's portrait of Emmett Till at the Whitney Biennial
► READ MORE
Are we entering a new age of artistic censorship? Tiffany Jenkins New Republic
Other cases, including those tackled by Julia Farrington & examples of institutional training to deal with sensitive subjects
How the Dana Schutz Controversy—and a Year of Reckoning—Have Changed Museums Forever, Julia Halperin
Signature tune: Nick Vander Black Kopal - Galaxy II
Pictures of the artwork and clips of news reports are available on Instagram and Twitter account: @behindthemuseum
This episode of Behind the Scenes at the Museum was written and presented by Tiffany Jenkins and produced by Jac Phillimore.
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