Arts & Culture

Eastern promise: How Stalin rebuilt Moscow in his own image

(CNN) – When you look at Europe’s capital cities, you see, spelled out in physical form, the nature of the ideas that brought them into being. Deyan Sudjic CNN Today’s London is the fruit of unintended consequences. Its skyline is dictated by a market economy, distorted by the demands placed on it by politicians who have tried to shift the provision of civic amenities onto private finance. Paris has a… Eastern promise: How… Read More »

Greece denies report on Parthenon Marbles

The Ministry of Culture and Sports has denied a report published in Britain’s Independent newspaper Tuesday that it had called for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, from the… ekathimerini In a statement, the ministry said that it is indeed considering the… “Until now, the… Greece denies report… Read More »

The need for a museum on British colonisation of India

The decolonisation of the mind is among the greatest challenges today’s Indians have to face. Shashi Tharoor Al Jazeera News I recently wrote to the government of India to propose that one of India’s most renowned heritage buildings, the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, be converted into a museum that displays the truth of the British Raj – a museum, in… The need for… Read More »

The Walled Off Hotel: The struggle for decolonisation

Banksy’s new installation hotel in Bethlehem is a powerful anticolonial statement about the Zionist colonial project. Jamil Khader Al Jazeera News The British street artist known as Banksy is no stranger to controversy and the recent debate over his new installation in the town of Bethlehem, the Walled Off Hotel, does not come as a surprise. Some critics have… The Walled Off… Read More »

School standards drop as government pushes a politically correct program

PARENTS should be worried about the LGBTI Safe Schools gender and sexuality program being forced on government schools by Daniel… Kevin Donnelly Herald Sun Add the fact, as reported in The Australian recently, that vulnerable teenagers with intellectual disabilities enrolled in Victorian special schools are also… Such was the furore… School standards drop… Read More »

Making Athens Great Again

How does a citizen respond when a democracy that prides itself on being exceptional betrays its highest principles? REBECCA NEWBERGER GOLDSTEIN The Atlantic Plato despaired, but he also pointed the way to renewal. What happens when a society, once a model for enlightened progress, threatens to… Making Athens Great… Read More »

Marina Abramovic and the art of female sacrifice

The “grandmother of performance art” talks nudity, feeling one’s power and why she refuses to identify as a… ALLI MALONEY The New York Times Before we even sat down together, Marina Abramovic turned and said, “I’m not a feminist, by the… Her notions of feminism are well recorded: Abramovic told the Guardian in 2012 that she rejects the… Marina Abramovic and… Read More »

Margaret Atwood on What ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump

In the spring of 1984 I began to write a novel that was not initially called “The Handmaid’s Tale.” MARGARET ATWOOD The New York Times I wrote in longhand, mostly on yellow legal notepads, then transcribed my almost illegible scrawlings using a huge German-keyboard manual typewriter I’d… The keyboard was German because I was living in West Berlin, which was still encircled by the Berlin Wall: The Soviet empire was still strongly in place, and was not to crumble for ... Read More »

DNA confirms Aboriginal people have a long-lasting connection to country

Members of the Stolen Generations may finally find a way back to their country, thanks to new research that reveals differences in Aboriginal DNA can be linked to specific… DANI COOPER ABC The discovery is based on analysis of mitochondrial DNA found in hair samples taken from Aboriginal people during expeditions run between 1928 and the… DNA confirms Aboriginal… Read More »

Look on my works, ye mighty … Ozymandias statue found in mud

Archaeologists believe eight-metre statue found in Cairo slum is of Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt in 13th… Reuters in Cairo The Guardian Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found an eight-metre (26ft) statue submerged in groundwater in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled… Look on my… Read More »

Warm for the human form, from Rodin’s bronzes to stone slabs

Since the beginning of art as we know it, the human body has been central to artistic concerns. James Moss The Conversation Classical sculpture set the bar very high in exploring the representation of bodies, and the history of the medium over the past millennium reflects this heritage. However, by the… Warm for the… Read More »

If you want to support refugee women on Nauru, let us speak

I escaped a violent husband and father in Iran to come to a country which claims to uphold women’s rights. Mina Taherkhani The Guardian All I have experienced is terror and panic. I am Mina Taherkhani. I’m 35 years old. I escaped from violence to seek peace and freedom. I’ve been in the detention centre in Nauru for… If you want… Read More »

Third Culture Council discusses culture, change, globalization

The third Cultural Council served as an important venue to address the issues of Turkey’s increasingly diverse and vibrant cultural and artistic landscape Ibrahim Kalin Daily Sabah Does culture still have a meaning in a world of what Umberco Eco calls “hyper-reality”? Answering this question… Third Culture Council… Read More »

Laughing in the dark

As a former Soviet citizen, I can tell you: it’s never a good sign for a political system when artists start speaking out against it. Nina L Khrushcheva Asia Times And when their statements visibly strike a nerve, chances are that the system is sick. In a democracy, art… Laughing in the… Read More »