Seeing through the image : art, dignity, and responsibility

Bruce ARNOLD, Wendy BONYTHON

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Within the artistic world, many have argued that a respect for dignity and human rights stems from debates concerning artistic freedom. However, when considering human rights and dignity, one must step out of conventional discussions and consider the recipients of the art to identify legal and ethical inequities concerning the contexts and subjects artistically expressed. This article argues that art imposes an obligation upon the viewers’ engagement where the embodiment of human forms are depicted. It argues for an ethic of responsibility.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-30
Number of pages16
JournalGriffith Journal of Law Human and Dignity
Volume2015
Issue numberSpecial Art Issue
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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ARNOLD, Bruce ; BONYTHON, Wendy. / Seeing through the image : art, dignity, and responsibility. In: Griffith Journal of Law Human and Dignity. 2015 ; Vol. 2015, No. Special Art Issue. pp. 15-30.
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