Turner Prize Awarded Four Ways after Artists’ Plea to Judges By Mark Brown

All Four Nominees Asked Judges to Recognise ‘Commonality, Multiplicity and Solidarity’ 3 Dec 2019 – All four artists shortlisted for the 2019 Turner prize have been named winners after they came together and made a plea for judges to recognise the causes of “commonality, multiplicity and solidarity”. At a ceremony in Margate on Tuesday evening, Turner prize history was made when Lawrence Abu Hamdan,...

Pop culture: restoring Namibia’s forgotten resistance music

There is a rich history of 20th century music in Namibia that was suppressed and all but erased by political forces. Now an archive project called Stolen Moments – Namibian Music History Untold is restoring it to the public domain. It is a national treasure hunt for the Namibian music culture that wasn’t allowed to flourish during apartheid in Namibia...

Abdellatif Laâbi’s letter to Ashraf Fayadh “Je vis des moments difficiles”

Preface to the French translation of Ashraf Fayadh second collection November 29, 2019 in Non Fiction, Source: The dreaming machine n 5 My dear Ashraf, Though I am not accustomed to this, I would like to start this letter with a quote: “courage is a matter of organization”, as André Malraux used to say. Why is that?  You know that...

A Guantánamo Bay detainee’s drawings show the brutal CIA torture he endured at a secret US-run prison in Thailand By Eliza Relman

A drawing by the Guantánamo Bay prisoner Abu Zubaydah of his torture at a secret CIA prison. Abu Zubaydah, Courtesy Professor Mark P. Denbeaux, Seton Hall University School of Law. Abu Zubaydah was captured by US forces after a gun fight in Faisalabad, Pakistan, in March 2002. US officials incorrectly believed the Saudi Arabian citizen was a member of al-Qaida...

One Step at a Time By Tamir Ben Kalifa

In front of her teammates and Israeli peers, Rahel Gebretsadik, a 15-year-old Eritrean immigrant with a petite frame, a shaggy ponytail and an infectious laugh, stood alone on a white wooden box emblazoned with the blue number one. A medal, minted with the menorah from the Arch of Titus, the emblem of the State of Israel, hung around her neck....

CAN LIVE THEATER HELP SPUR CLIMATE ACTION?

This year’s Ojai Playwrights Conference tackled the existential threat of climate change. TOM JACOBSUPDATED:AUG 14, 2019ORIGINAL:AUG 13, 2019 Left to right: actors Robin Gerber and Carl Thelander, with artistic director Robert Egan. (Photo: Peggy Ryan) To get from the Pacific Coast to the idyllic, mountain-surrounded town of Ojai, California, you drive by a series of working oil wells, clearly visible just off...

Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947) The Highest mountains stand as the witnesses of the Great Reality by Rene Wadlow

Nicholas Roerich, the Russian painter, explorer, and cultural activist, whose birth anniversary we note on 9 October, stressed throughout his life the role of beauty and culture in bringing humanity together in unity. “True art is the expression of the radiant spirit.” Art is the manifestation of the coming synthesis of the spiritual and the material. The gates of the...

Last Year’s Nobel Prize in Literature Was Canceled Over Scandal and Conflict. Can 2019’s Award Mark a Comeback?

9 OCTOBER 2019 AT 19:33 from TIME by Suyin Haynes This year’s Nobel Prize for Literature marks a first in the award’s 118-year history. On Thursday, there won’t just be one award announced, but two simultaneously: one for 2018 and the other for 2019. Each winner will receive over $910,000 in prize money and the international acclaim accompanying recognition as a Nobel Laureate....

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