Autore: Virna Gvero

With a wall dividing the United States and Mexico in the works, and the wave of populism that has engulfed Europe in the last couple of years only surging, the global migrant crisis has come to the forefront of international politics. If the public opinion is largely divided on the issue, the majority of the art world has shown solidarity to the plight of the millions of displaced people currently seeking asylum in Western countries. Last week, a group of influential artists, gallerists, curators and art institutions (1,642 in total as of the 10th of February 2017) have signed an open letter denouncing Trump’s immigration ban, and asking that the order be overturned immediately. The news came days after the Museum of Modern Art of New York (MoMA) had decided to replace works by some of the masters of Western art with artworks by Iraqi, Sudanese and Iranian artists (some of the nationalities subjected to the ban) in protest to the executive order. Elsewhere, Indian-born artist Anish Kapoor has vowed to use the million-dollar proceeds of the Genesis Prize (which awards professional excellence and dedication to the Jewish community) to support refugee causes....   leggi tutto

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