Activism

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara named an ‘icon’ of 2021 by Time magazine

The Cuban artist and activist is joined on the publication’s list of 100 Most Influential People by Barbara Kruger and Mark Bradford

Black artist detained by police in his gallery residency in South Carolina

John Sims's current exhibition confronts the symbols of white supremacy and visual terrorism

Cubanews

Cuban artists and intellectuals commemorate the 50th anniversary of poet Herberto Padilla's confession

The public confession, which came after 36 days of imprisonment, marked a pivotal moment in Cuba's oppression of voices critical of the government.

Art world: pay attention to anti-Asian abuse, activists urge

The alarming rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans is just part of a long history of discrimination in the US and elsewhere

‘Things have to change’: third speaker pulls out of Science Museum Group climate talk in protest against oil sponsorship

Broadcaster Robin Ince joins George Monbiot and Mark Lynas in withdrawing from the Climate Talks event over the UK institution's funding from oil companies BP and Equinor

Cubanews

Cuban artists file motion to dismiss culture minister Alpidio Alonso after a peaceful protest turns violent

The activist group 27N cites a law that revokes an official’s power for conduct unbecoming public service in their petition to parliament

Darya Apakhonchich is first artist labelled 'foreign agent' by new repressive law in Russia

Individuals who receive funding from abroad are subject to strict audits since 30 December

Activist art steps in when words are not enough

Fiona Banner drops a klanger outside Defra while Laure Prouvost takes language to new levels

As constitutional showdown nears, 'artivism' abounds in Chile

The country's artists and galleries are using their platforms to press for social change and support protestors

Artists urge the Whitney to review its ethical practices following backlash over cancelled exhibition

An open letter calls for the Whitney to “commit to a year of action—of mobilisation and introspection”

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Banksy’s activism is his greatest work

Funding a refugee rescue boat is just the latest in a long history of politically motivated acts

Hundreds of migrants removed from Banksy-funded rescue boat amid calls for immediate assistance

The British artist accused European authorities of "deliberately" ignoring distress calls issued by the overwhelmed Louise Michel, a vessel he financed to aid migrants crossing the Mediterranean

German activist art group sells 'anti-fascist' works on eBay to support left-wing organisations

Peng collective auctions off ten objects bought from committed anti-fascists for €10,000

Lawnews

France reconfirms that women baring their breasts in public is illegal—even for artists and protestors

Two women who are part of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen were charged for topless protests, one of which was in a Paris museum

'We need to dance our asses off': artist and activist Patrisse Cullors on the joys of Black resistance

The Los Angeles-based artist discusses how dance can bring political power to marginalised communities

Climate activists take over British Museum in all-night protest against BP sponsorship

Organisers of the three-day action, the group BP or not BP?, called it the "largest protest in the history of the museum"

Photojournalist Shahidul Alam—who served time for his activism—gets retrospective at the Rubin Museum

After spending months in a Bangladeshi jail, the artist continues to speak out against injustice

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Badiucao: meet the Chinese artist illustrating the Hong Kong protests

China’s ‘artful dissident’ has attracted worldwide attention through his drawings of protests, but he is still little-known in the art world

Mural in Santa Fe underscores violence against Indigenous women

The work holds weight in New Mexico, which has the highest rate of violent crimes against Native American women in the US

Tania Bruguera fights censorship by launching investigative journalism project in Cuba

The artist and activist, whose School of Integration runs at Manchester International Festival, will organise workshops and awards for new writers

Cubanews

Activists to stage alternative biennial in Havana

Independent artists groups plan to put Cuba's controversial Decree 349 to the test

Why we need an independent biennial in Havana

The San Isidro Group of Cuban artists explain their plans for the Bienal Sin 349

Pussy Riot supporter Pyotr Verzilov in critical condition after suspected poisoning

Activist who was recently imprisoned for Russian group's World Cup protest in July "lost his vision, speech and ability to walk"

Philippines Supreme Court upholds conviction of artist-activist Carlos Celdran for 'offending religious feelings'

Case against Filipino artist who protested in support of reproductive rights in Manila Cathedral, continues as solicitor general asks court to reconsider

USAnews

Naked 'clown Trump' statue installed on Los Angeles billboard

In their latest project, the guerrilla group Indecline compares the US president to serial killer John Wayne Gacy

Will museums stop accepting Sackler money in wake of Massachusetts lawsuit?

Eight members of the family are being sued for helping to fuel the opioid epidemic through their pharmaceutical company

Artist collective tackles 'disappearing kids' under US immigration policy

This latest impromptu project is a direct response to Trump's "willingness to inflict trauma on young children and families”, the group says

Lawnews

Anish Kapoor sues NRA for copyright infringement

An image of his Chicago sculpture Cloud Gate was used in a video by the gun lobby that the artist says “seeks to whip up fear and hate”

Open letter signed by over 100 artists, including Grayson Perry, slates UK’s education policy

New Ebacc qualification marginalises the arts and damages the future of young people in the country, say Turner prize winners

Art collective Indecline stages secret anti-Trump work in his New York hotel

The temporary prison installation featured live rats, McDonald’s wrappers and a handcuffed lookalike depicting “Trump’s likely fate”

Activismarchive

Ethics and aesthetics: the increasing prominence of socially engaged art

Away from the glitz of record-breaking auction prices and extravagant art parties, austerity has given strength to a new movement of socially engaged artists

AIDSarchive

'Sexuality, Politics and Protest': The Frieze talk on activism after AIDS

Considering why artistic responses to the AIDS crisis are relevant today

Newsarchive

Ai Weiwei assaulted

He was prevented from testifying in defence of activist Tan Zuoren

Malaysiaarchive

Artists in Malaysia facing censorship, ethnic separation and Islamicisation

But it is a lively scene that looks to the international art world

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