The conversation with Sonia Boyce and Gilane Tawadros that I filmed for my project was already taking place between many black artists in the 1980s. Unfortunately, we are still having these conversations after 40 years. It was important then and it is still important today, until discrimination vanishes.
A Walk in the Park
Abbas Akhavan interviewed by Tom Denman
You might hear it if you happen to be on the grounds. You experience it as a witness rather than an audience. I’m fond of the idea that the cellist might be performing and no one might hear it except for the donkey that lives at a nearby stable.
To BI or not to BI: Against Artists’ Basic Income
Chris Hayes argues that we can’t ignore the dark history behind Ireland’s transformative policy
Unlike the labour movements of the 20th century, which pushed for greater democratic control over the economy, basic income does little to address the causes of poverty and precarity, and is often advocated by the same economists and businesses who are allied with existing inequalities.
Vision depends on a complex network of neural impulses, but perception is informed by the phenomenological sense of being a body in relation to the surfaces, depths and atmospheres of other bodies in space.
The politics of prize-giving has in recent years left the UK a pariah on the international stage, but the openness of our culture has recently been rewarded despite the isolationism of our government.
In recent years, the participation in the Venice Biennale of the US and its principal ally, the UK, has been largely ignored or awarded the equivalent of ‘nul points’, regardless of the merits or otherwise of the artists selected.
Withdrawal from BAS9 Manchester
Dozens of artists pull out of the Manchester leg of the British Art Show in protest against the University of Manchester’s handling of legal threats over a Forensic Architecture display.
The UN confirms the looting of Ukrainian cultural sites; support for Ukrainian cultural workers arrives both from within the country and abroad; Russian artist Oleg Kulik inadvertently finds himself at the centre of Russia’s culture war; Poland’s politicians replace a well-regarded museum director with a nationalist puppet; Documenta faces similar pro-Israel anti-BDS legal threats to those that recently unsettled the Whitworth; Jacob Rees-Mogg has ACE in his sights; plus the latest on galleries, people, prizes and more."