Art films platform Heni Talks launches today (25 April) with a collection of interviews and documentaries aiming to “unlock the hidden stories of art and visual culture”. It goes live with 25 short films free to watch online, each between 8-16 minutes, including a conversation between Peter Blake and Damien Hirst at Blake’s studio, and an interview with Jeremy Deller discussing his fascination with war as an artistic subject.
In other films, curator Gus Casely-Hayford explores the history of Ghanain Asafo Flags; writer Harriet Vyner looks at the conflict depicted by Richard Hamilton’s Swingeing London 67; and Barbican curator Eleanor Nairne talks about Jean-Michel Basquiat’s multidisciplinary practice. Also, Godfrey Worsdale, director of the Henry Moore Foundation, acts as tour guide around the institution, shedding light on the sculptor’s life and work; and artist David Batchelor investigates Chromophobia.
Other contributors featured in already-released and upcoming films include Amanda Levete, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Caroline Campbell, Deyan Sudjic and Iwona Blazwick.
Heni Talks is produced by Heni, an international fine arts services business headquartered in London, and directed by Munira Mirza, who was deputy mayor for culture and education under Boris Johnson between 2008-2016.