Ai Weiwei on Tiananmen Square

China Loses by Forgetting about Tiananmen Square by: Ai Weiwei In the last month, in two separate cities, I was involved in events related to the rewriting of the history of Chinese contemporary art. In Shanghai, two of my works, “Stool” and “Sunflower Seeds,” were included in an exhibition commemorating the 15th year of the […]

Learning from Experience

By: Arahmaiani In 1993, I was confronted by an improbable and inextricable problem. A group of people claiming to be pious Muslims “secured” 2 of my works (an installation and a painting) part of a solo exhibition titled “Sex, Religion & Coca -Cola”. They were adamant that I had committed blasphemy against Islam, because in […]

How I got back the energy and confidence to keep doing…

By: Chaw Ei Thein In 2006, I came to New York for a yearlong artist residency program and during that time, I was warned that my safety could not be assured if I were to return to Burma. The reason I could not return was my artwork, interviews I had given with the international media […]

U Win Tin, Writer Jailed by Myanmar Junta, Dies

U Win Tin, a journalist, author and poet who became a leading opponent of the military rulers of Myanmar, where he was imprisoned and tortured for 19 years, died on Monday in Yangon, formerly Rangoon. Sources differ on whether he was 84 or 85. The political party he helped found, the National League for Democracy, […]

Arab Documentary Photography Programme launched: deadline 15 April 2014

The Arab Fund for Art and Culture and the Prince Claus Fund in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in partnership with the Magnum Foundation in New York, USA, are launching the Arab Documentary Photography Programme (ADPP). The ADPP will run from 2014 to 2016, targeting creative documentary photographers in the Arab region. Up to 10 grantees will […]

Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish’s books removed from Riyadh International Book Fair

Just a few days after all the works by Saudi publisher Arab Network for Research and Publishing were removed from the Riyadh International Book Fair for violating the Kingdom’s laws, the works of globally celebrated Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish caused protests and have reportedly been withdrawn from the fair and are not to be sold: Numerous news sources were […]

Kumbia Queers @ Queens Museum – March 6, 6-8PM

Queens Museum – Open A.I.R. & fD present Kumbia Queers with Que Bajo: Redefining Cumbia, Love and Latinamericanidad Mar 6 2014, 6:00pm – 8:00pm An open conversation with the members of Kumbia Queers and Que Bajo regarding cumbia, gender and love in Latin America. Followed by an acoustic set by the Kumbia Queers. Guests: Kumbia […]

Shahid Nadeem’s THE ACQUITTAL reading – Friday, February 22

Castillo Theatre presents a play reading of: The Acquittal by Shahid Nadeem // reading directed by Dan Friedman Saturday, February 22 at 5:00pm // Admission is free. Reservation required. To make your reservation call 212-941-1234 or email The Castillo Theatre invites you to a reading of The Acquittal by the award-winning playwright, Shahid Nadeem, (translated […]

Theatrum Mundi launches “Designing for Free Speech” challenge

Theatrum Mundi, in partnership with the American Institute of Architects, New York, has launched a “Designing for Free Speech” challenge. The challenge asks architects, designers, activists, artists — and anyone interested in imagining new spaces in the city for free expression — to identify public spaces in New York City and propose re-designs that transform […]

‘The campaign “free Pussy Riot” is over’

Statement by the Anonymous members of Pussy Riot: Garadja, Fara, Shaiba, Cat, Seraphima and Schumacher We, the anonymous members of Pussy Riot, would like to say many thanks to all the people who have supported us, those who demanded the release of our members, those who sympathised with us and sympathised with our ideology. We […]

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