In a letter signed by dozens of arteest-type people, they assert:
"If an example is made of Bill Henson, one of Australia’s most prominent artists, it is hard to believe that those who have sought to bring these charges will stop with him. Rather, this action will encourage a repressive climate of hysterical condemnation, backed by the threat of prosecution.There's no evidence that this will be the outcome. History does not lend any weight to such an hysterical suggestion.
this action will encourage a repressive climate of hysterical condemnation backed by the threat of prosecution."
It's a very rare thing for art or literature to be prosecuted or censored in Australia.
I'm prepared to look into my crystal ball and declare that there won't be an avalanche, or even a trickle, of subsequent cases.
Henson's photo's are in custody, but so far no charges have been laid. If they are - and that is yet to be determined by the DPP - I would be surprised if the state wins. It's improbable that a charge of publishing an indecent article under the Crimes Act would hold up under court scrutiny. On that basis, the DPP very likely won't proceed.
I don't agree that Henson is a great artist. He is, yes, a tad obvious, as one of his overseas exhibits was described.
He has also been called: controversial, bombastic, melodramatic and overwrought.
Which pretty much sums up this current development.
Open letter in support of Bill Henson
The controversial career of Bill Henson