Like it’s 1995

Katarina Thorsen’s work was challenged in 1990 and is still challenging today. A Swedish artist with a black child, who she is and why she creates is influenced by her experiences but how can you get back to being authentic when your work has been challenged by cultural appropriation?

Coming from a journalism background, it was a natural progression for me (Patti Henderson) to move into filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, through a nonfictional art form, the documentary.

Fear No Art — An Inquisition (1995) was a 5-minute ‘artumentary’ that explored the question, “what happens to an artist whose art work inspires protest?” I documented artist Katarina Thorsen’s journey as she works through the censorship, penalization from art galleries, the right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity and ultimately her own vulnerability.


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