The increased visibility of various forms of discrimination, populism, nationalism, state sanctioned cruelty and bureaucratic indifference, as practiced by world leaders including, but not limited to, Theresa May, Donald Trump, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Rodrigo Duterte, has led to an attitudinal shift in the art world.
Politics, hitherto confined to the relative hinterland of socially engaged art, has now become difficult to ignore. That is to say, the matter of where power is vested, how it is being wielded, and who or what is benefiting from this arrangement versus who is subjugated and dispossessed, has moved from the margins and to the twitter feeds, IRL conversations, and psychological concerns of the individuals, collectives and institutions that constitute the art world. The question is how best to respond? read more