Protest art

Artist smears blood and hair on Iranian embassy in protest at Mahsa Amini’s death

The Kurdish activist Zehra Doğan has been released after a brief detention by German authorities, but may still face charges

Cubanews

Health concerns raised over Cuban artist and activist held in jail

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara was sentenced to five years in prison in June

Protest art is popular, but should it become big business?

Activism has a growing presence at art fairs, but it’s up to collectors and other stakeholders to enact meaningful change

Pussy Riot's Masha Alekhina flees Russia disguised as a food courier (aided by Ragnar Kjartansson)

Alekhina has been arrested six times in the past year for protesting against Putin and the Kremlin

The smoocher’s guide to repatriation: a Mexican artist is using his tongue to draw attention to looting of his country’s heritage

Following a string of auction sales of ancient artefacts from Mexico, artist Pepx Romero is taking measures into his own lips

From naked protests to blockchain fundraising: how artists are protesting Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Russia has warned of "legal repercussions" for taking part in anti-war demonstrations

Pussy Riot's Masha Alekhina arrested for second time in two months over social media posts

She has been sentenced to 15 days in prison for “propaganda of Nazi symbolism” after posting an image featuring swastikas on Instagram

Neon art installation begins tour of US states where abortion rights are threatened

The month-long tour of Alicia Eggert’s neon text work ‘OURs’ was organised by Planned Parenthood to pressure lawmakers and raise awareness of efforts to restrict abortion rights

Brooklyn’s long history of resistance is celebrated on Juneteenth

A series of installations and programmes draw on the Center for Brooklyn History's extensive archive

Guerrilla Girls: corrupt museum boards, the female nude and NFTs

Plus, Glasgow International festival and Cézanne at MoMA

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Trump protest work recovered by FBI four years after being stolen by white supremacists

He Will Not Divide Us was subjected to multiple attacks from far-right extremists before being snatched in a raid in Tennessee in 2017

Protest artist arrested in Paris after trying to enter presidential grounds with fake Molotov cocktail

Alexei Kuzmich, who is known for performances critiquing the regime of Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, warned France is also “slipping into fascism” and accused president Emmanuel Macron of punishing dissenters

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Here is what you can do to help Myanmar's beleaguered artists

The situation in the country right now is 'nothing short of dark and desolate', says Nathalie Johnston who runs an art centre in Yangon

Marc Quinn’s BLM protestor statue could be reinstalled on Bristol plinth that held slave trader monument

Sculpture of Edward Colston was pulled down by activists last summer and will now be placed in a museum

The artists on the frontline of Myanmar’s deadly protests

Art has played a central role in the country’s civil disobedience movement since its democratically elected government was ousted last month

The fight against Putin: artists on the frontline

Plus, India reconstructs its history and Navid Nuur on Walter de Maria

Street art, social media, visibility: how the Arab Spring has changed art and culture, a decade on

We ask artists, writers and experts on Middle Eastern art about their memories of the revolutionary movements—and what they think the lasting legacies are

'Consigned to history': Trump Baby blimp donated to Museum of London collection

Creators of inflatable effigy hope work serves as a "reminder of the fight against the politics of hate" that took place during Trump's presidency

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

Barbara Kruger’s 'Your Body is a Battleground' poster appears in Poland as protests flare up over abortion ban

Graphic work was last shown in the country nearly 30 years ago when women’s rights were also under attack

Cubanews

Hunger strike against Cuba's human rights abuses left artist in ‘critical condition’

Activists and artists were trapped in Havana building following demonstrations against police action

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Exiled Kurdish artist—who smuggled paintings from her Turkish jail cell—wins inaugural Carol Rama Award

Zehra Doğan was imprisoned for nearly three years under terrorism charges for work of art shared on Twitter

Art marketanalysis

Africa’s art market grows even amid adversity

In a year marked by closures, cancellations and postponements, African art fairs are going ahead with new models and the continent’s galleries are growing

What's behind the red lightning bolt, the main symbol of Poland's pro-choice marches?

As thousands take to the streets to protest against a near-total ban on abortion, the graphic designer Ola Jasionowska tells us about creating the movement's logo

Protestanalysis

Student flash mobs in Thailand target ‘art scene run by elite old men’

Recent demonstrations break a long-held taboo–criticism of the Thai monarchy, an institution which protesters believe is the main obstruction to democracy

Dhakanews

Bangladeshi government officials storm protest performance in Dhaka

Organised by Drik Gallery, the event at Dhaka University aimed to highlight the extrajudicial killing of Bangladeshi civilians by government forces

Belarus protest work—painted with a police baton—sells for three million rubles

Contemporary artists in the country are reacting to the crisis after allegations of election fraud and police brutality

Artist Chen Weiming to create a monument to Hong Kong protests in California's Mojave Desert

As US levies toughest sanction yet on China for its destruction of Hong Kong’s relatively free political system, Weiming says he wants to pay tribute to the "people's fight for freedom"

Hong Kong: has the new law 'destroyed' the art scene?

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