Htein Lin will be at the College of Charleston on Thursday to speak about being an artist in his country of Burma. The 6:30 p.m. lecture, in the Simons Center Recital Hall at 54 St. Philip St., is free and open to the public.

The artist works in a variety of media, primarily in painting, performance and video. He spent almost seven years as a political prisoner (1998-2004). While in prison, he used items available to him to make paintings and monoprints on his cotton prison uniform. In recent years, he has expanded his practice to include three-dimensional work and video.

For his lecture, he will illustrate how artists in all media have sought to push the boundaries of freedom of expression in Burma, and how they are experiencing today’s transition from a military regime to greater freedom.

His residency and public presentation are co-sponsored by the Quattlebaum Artist-in-Residence Endowment, Asian Studies Program, art history department and Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.