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One Controversial Art Exhibit — And Its Cancellation — Sends an Unsettling Message About Race

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On its fall calendar, London’s Barbican performing arts center had slated a controversial production called “Exhibit B – The Human Zoo.” The performance featured black actors shackled, bound and gagged, chained and caged in 12 tableaux vivants all to make a point about the history of colonial powers in Africa. The performance’s ambition was to reflect upon, raise awareness about and ultimately skewer the racist model villages (or human ... Read More »

A Warning in China: Beware the ‘Blue Fatty’ Cat

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As Hong Kongers rally for the right to choose their own chief executive over Beijing’s pick, tens of thousands of mainland Chinese are participating in a one person, one vote online opinion poll that asks whether China should boycott a blue Japanese cat. Nothing seems more harmless than the plump-faced Japanese cartoon robot cat, Doraemon, who does not even have claws. ... Read More »

Will Afghanistan Rebuild the Buddhas of Bamiyan?

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There is a movement to rebuild the Buddhas of Bamiyan, destroyed by the Taliban in 2001, in order to promote tourism in Afghanistan, reports Roads and Kingdoms. One local man, Mohammad Reza Ibrahim, is leading the efforts to entice foreigners back, and show them that his country has much to offer in areas removed from conflict. “Bamiyan has a great potential for tourism,” ... Read More »

Brazil in narrow presidential race as Silva captures imagination

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Brazil is the world’s seventh largest economy, but millions still live in poverty Brazil is a contradictory, complex country. It boasts the world’s seventh largest economy but Brazilian society is still deeply divided and unequal. Racism and corruption are still rife yet a mixed-race woman, born into almost absolute poverty in the jungle interior, could soon be elected to lead ... Read More »

The Pentagon Will Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Join the US Military

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The Pentagon made a surprise announcement on Thursday to let undocumented immigrants serve in the United States military — but few of them are likely to get into the armed forces under the new policy, experts told VICE News. As a result, everyone from immigration advocates to Republican congressmen are pissed off. “I don’t think it’s going to satisfy anybody,” ... Read More »

Ai Weiwei explores human rights and freedom of expression in exhibition at Alcatraz

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Featuring seven new sculpture, sound, and mixed-media works by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz explores human rights and freedom of expression in the context of this iconic historic site. Installed across four locations on Alcatraz and on view from September 27, 2014, through April 26, 2015, the exhibition is inspired by the island’s ... Read More »

The new Socrates? Artist Tino Sehgal sets up talking shop in Athens agora

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Tino Sehgal’s latest interactive artwork in Athens pays tribute to the masters of philosophy – hopefully without the same deadly end result  Jump to comments How do you keep ancient Greek civilisation alive in the 21st-century? Tino Sehgal’s new show – or event, or whatever this artist of social interaction’s work ought to be called – is at the Roman agora in Athens. ... Read More »