Bill Clements: ‘Censorship can take many forms’

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Published: 10/20/2021 4:18:35 PM

Regarding Jason Montgomery’s column (“Artist at center of Biennial controversy speaks out,” Oct. 15): Censorship can take many forms. How is defining what is “acceptable” art — limiting what art can be made and shown — not censorship? It seems to me any constraints on what an artist can create and what an art consumer can see, hear or read interrupt the free flow of ideas a democracy depends upon.

If art gatekeepers like the Northampton Arts Council will no longer allow a blind selecting of works, what happens to freedom of expression? It’s something to think about: how do we overcome white privilege and at the same time not undermine freedom and our bedrock democratic principles?

Bill Clements

Northampton




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