The British government’s new “free speech champion,” Oliver Dowden, has threatened museums with funding cuts if they remove controversial statues.
In hiring me to curate Forensic Architecture’s first US survey exhibition, the museum mouthed the words of social justice but with the realization that those words would preface consequences, it began to choke.
“The government views us as political because we believe that the almost 20 million Kurds living in Turkey have the right to experience theater in their own language,” said actor Cihad Ekinci.
PEN America has released a critical guide for artists at risk, created with input from persecuted creators around the world.
Human rights experts have expressed distress that the pandemic has increased attacks against free speech, LBGTQ+ rights, and peaceful assembly.
For his #shutupfor30days project, artist and activist Brother Nut used metal clasps, duct tape, and other props to physically seal his mouth during the entire month of June.
Leading up to the July 1 election — which would allow Vladimir Putin to remain president through 2036 — queer people have been disturbingly targeted.
Taylor Brandon commented under the museum’s Instagram post in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and said, “Having black people on your homepage/feed is not enough.” Artists and SFMOMA employees have spoken out in agreement.
The museum blames misunderstanding, but zine artists say tribal perspectives on oil and gas were silenced.
The app is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, which has been accused of censoring users for posting content about issues including the persecution of Uighur Muslims and Hong Kong.
Xie’s latest exhibition at Asia Society Museum grapples with the long history of book banning in his home country of China.
Graffiti artists collaborated to represent the military apparatus that executed thousands of poor farmers, youths, and other civilians. But dozens of military officials and police proceeded to cover the mural with white paint.