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Weapons system used to make artwork about refugees

An advanced new weapons systems has been to create an artwork about the refugee crisis unfolding off the coast of Libya, in Syria, the Sahara, the Persian Gulf, and elswhere.
from Barbican Centre on Feb 11, 2017.

The beautiful, disturbing view from the 88th floor

“The beach in all its white-sanded glory. A palm tree reflected in the windscreen of a moving car. A man swings a golf club. An Emirati couple having dinner, he talks – she laughs.”
from Daniel Nelson on Feb 19, 2017.

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More than 200 artists, musicians, writers and art professionals from 40 countries have pledged to take part in a series of exhibitions and art projects around the world (beginning in March) that aim to confront the rise of rightwing populism. Contributors to the global art project, Hands Off Our Revolutionwhich launches on 16 February with an animated web banner created by British artist Mark Titchner, include John Akomfrah (UK), Tammam Azzam (Syria) Fiona Banner (UK), Yto Barrada (Morocco/US), Iwona Blazwick (UK), Adam Broomberg (South Africa/UK), Hasan Elahi (Bangladesh/US), Okwui Enwezor (Nigeria), Alfredo Jaar (Chile/US), Emily Jacir (Palestine), Isaac Julien (UK), Anish Kapoor (India/UK), William Kentridge (South Africa), Sigalit Landau (Israel), Steve McQueen (UK), Cuauhtémoc Medina (Mexico), Frances Morris (UK), Cornelia Parker (UK), Walid Raad (Lebanon), Yinka Shonibare (Nigeria/UK), Mark Wallinger (UK), Richard Wentworth (UK) and Marina Warner (UK). The full list is here 

web banner created by artist Mark Titchner for the launch of Hands Off Our Revolution


“We artists are united in our mission to counter small minded prejudice. Our art affirms our humanity and we insist on inclusion of all and for all. We call for action by people of good conscience to stand against the abhorrent policies of the governments that claim to represent us.” Anish Kapoor, sculptor


“We live in challenging times, to do nothing is to be complicit with intolerance and cruelty. We must all unite, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation, to oppose all forms of bigotry. Populism must never be a guide to our conduct, empathy should be our guide. As artists we bear witness and we must never be silent or be silenced.” Yinka Shonibare, artist 


“Artists need to stay in touch with each other more than ever and to focus on making clear effective and artful plans for resistance.” Laurie Anderson, artist, composer, musician and film director 


"Economies and communities once flourished around jobs in industry, manufacturing and agriculture, jobs that are disappearing with no alternative in sight. Yet I have not heard a single politician put forward a credible strategy for devising inclusive, rewarding and sustainable forms of work. Which is why culture must step in.” Iwona Blazwick, director of Whitechapel Gallery, London


"NO to the society that demands we all be alike. NO to the coercion to consume and conform. NO to the poisoned world that drives its people to flee into introspection and solitude. NO to the dislocation, depression and anger this breeds. Art is for empathy. Art is for loving your brothers and your sisters and yourself. Art is for a chance to live.” Mark Titchner, artist 


“Siegfried Kracauer said that the artist’s “tasks multiply in proportion to the world’s loss of reality.” Indeed, we are faced today, almost on an hourly basis, with a manifold of ugly realities. There is no time to lose: we not only have to resist, artists have to keep us awake instead of putting us to sleep. You can't please all!” Chris Dercon, historian and curator, former director of Tate Modern in London, and designated director of Volksbühne Berlin.



Photo, right: “I want to tell girls’ that fear is taught. That you are born free and you are born brave. I want to show them that this is what you are worthy of” - Maria Toorpakai Wazir, the subject of Girl Unbound, featured in the forthcoming Human Rights Watch Film Festival: "In the Taliban controlled area of Waziristan, where sports for women are decried as un-Islamic, and girls rarely leave their houses, young Maria Toorpakai defies the rules by disguising herself as a boy, so she can play sports freely. As she becomes a rising star, however, her true identity is revealed, bringing constant death threats on her and her family."

 Girl Unbound


Daniel Nelson


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* Revolutions, annual literary festival with talks, discussions, screenings, children’s activities, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2, until 25 February. Info:

Events include:

25 Feb, Where are the women in today’s Islamic world?, Elif Shafak, 11am

African Revolutions: from the streets to the written world, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Ezzedine Choukri Fishere, Samar Samir Mezghanni, 3pm

Exhibition:  Revolutions in the Afghan desert: water, green tech and illegal cultivation,


Tuesday 21 February

* The Carbon Trust Public Sector Conference, Tony Lloyd, Shirley Rodrigues, Jim Skea, 9.30am-5.30pm, 155 Bishopsgate, EC2. Info: Carbon Trust

* Webinar: creating an economy that works for women, James Heintz, Dinah Musindarwezo, Purna Sen, Jessica Wooroffe, 2pm, Overseas Development Institute. Info: Webinar


Wednesday 22 February

* The Changing Nature of Women in Extremism, discussion, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940

* Terrorists Should be Starved Of the Oxygen of Publicity, debate with Simon Jenkins and Shiraz Mihar, 7pm, £30/£15, Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, W1. Info: Debate details/

* Sustainable Energy for All, Rachel Kyte, 5.30-7pm, Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Westminster. Info: 

* Migration, Politics and Representation, Gary Younge, Avtar Elrah, Phil Cohen, 4pm, free, University of East London, Docklands Campus, University Way, E16. Info: Event


Thursday 23 February

* ‘Numberless Diverse Acts of Courage and Belief’: The Struggle Against Slavery in History and in The Present, Aidan McQade, 6pm, Barnard's Inn Hall, EC1N 2HH. Info: 7831 0575


Saturday 25 February

* Celebrating Palestinian Culture & Community in London, 11.30am-6.30pm market; midday; Speed Sisters screening; 2pm, Where is Palestine Going?, Adam Hanieh, Dina Matar, Karma Nabulsi and Sir Vincent Fean, 4pm, Rough Stage screening; evening, comedy with Jenan Younis; 6.30pm, Reem Kelani concert; School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: Aki Elborzi 7898 4330


Monday 27 February

* Street Spirit: The Power of Protest and Mischief, Steve Crawshaw, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940

* Democratic Transitions in the Arab World, Samir Makdisi, Ibrahim El- Badawi, Noha El-Mikawy, 6pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4330/4490

* Turbulent times ahead for air travel?, Paul Williams, 6.30-8pm, free, The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Info: 7451 2500 

* Is this the Asian Century?, Jonathan Fenby, Rana Mitter, Linda Yuah, Gideon Rachman, 8.30pm, £10.50, King’s Place, 90 York Way, N1. Part of Jewish Book Week. Info: 7520 1490/

* Capitalism for sustainable and inclusive growth, Michael Jacobs, 12:30-2pm, Overseas Development Institute, Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info;

* Don’t think it’s all over: How to restart Britain and Europe?, British-German Town Hall Meeting with Thomas Oppermann, Martin Roth, Gloria De Piero MP, Sonia Sodha, 2-5pm, Google Campus, 5 Bonhill Street, EC2. Info: Registration


Tuesday 28 February

* Rethinking Economic Policy for Social Justice: the radical potential of human rights, Radhika Balakrishnan, Diane Elson, James Heintz, 6.30-8pm, London School of Economics, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields. Info: 

* Worth Dying For?, Tim Marshall, 7pm, £10, King’s Place, 90 York Way, N1. Part of Jewish Book Week. Info: 7520 1490/

* Dance, Movement, Refugees and Migration, short talks about about dance/movemement, refugees and migration, free, 10.30am-1pm, Greenwich Dance, Royal Hill, SE1. Info: Platforma

* Ecuador Votes 2017: What is the Future of the Left in Latin America?, Grace Livingstone, Mark Keller, 6-7.30pm, Canning House, 15 Belgrave Square, SW1











Incoming, using an advanced thermographic weapons and border imaging technology that can see beyond 30 kilometres, registering a heat signature of relative temperature difference, Richard Mosse’s artwork is about the refugee crisis unfolding in the Aegean Sea, off the coast of Libya, in Syria, the Sahara, the Persian Gulf, and elsewhere, free, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2, until 23 April. Info: 7638 4141


Bangla Is Not My Mother Tongue, Saif Osmani's paintings trace the remnants and resurgence of Sylheti Nagri, Husk Gallery, 649 Commercial Road, Limehouse, E14 , until 27 February. Info:

23 Febopen evening

+ 25 Febworkshop, Shantir Boi, noon-3pm


*  Banishanta: A World of Sinners, solo exhibition by the award-winning photographer Shahadat Hossain, exploring the lives of 150 women and girls who live and work as sex-workers on Banishanta island - a state-licensed brothel, free, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1, until 26 February


Child's Play, Mark Neville's photographs about the right to play includes images from refugee camps and war zones, The Foundling Museum, WC1, until 30 April


Malick Sidibe: The Eye of Modern Mali, photographs, free, Somerset House, The Strand, WC2, until 26 February. Info:  7845 4500


Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the best of 50,00 entries from 95 countries, Natural History Museum, South Kensington, until 10 September 2017. Info: 7942 5000/

+ Wildlife photography judges bark up the right tree


* South Africa: the art of a nation, from rock art by the country’s earliest peoples to contemporary works, £12, under-16s free, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1, until 26 February. Info: 


* Mahwish Chishty, the Pakistan-born US-based artist’s work combines silhouettes of military drones with decorative Pakistani folk art patterns to highlight the way in which foreign drones over Pakistan have become a feature of the physical, psychological and cultural environment of the country, free, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 19 March. Info: 7416 5000

+ Chishty introduces her work

20 MarchCovert War and Cultures Colliding, discussion with Chishty, Lisa Barnard and Clare Carolin on the challenges of creating artworks which represent and comment on covert war, 2pm, free. Info: Booking


* Afghanistan: Reflections on Helmand, examines the British arrival in 2006 and the decisions that shaped the way the conflict escalated, exploring the impact on those who were there and the lessons learned, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 26 November. Info: 7416 5000


* From Amazon to Africa: Celebrating 30 Years of the Gaia Foundation, film, photography and ethnographic artifacts, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1, until 30 April. Info: 7324 2570/


* Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line, how maps made the world we live in, British Library, Euston Road, NW1, until 1 March. Info: (0)1937 546546

+ 21 Feb, Global Conquest: How Railways Took Over the World, Christian Wolmar, 7pm, £10/£8/£7


* Edmund Clark: War of Terror, the artist-photographer's work on hidden aspects of state control during the "Global War on Terror", free, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 28 August. Info: 7416 5000


* Rapid Response Collecting, tiny but fascinating exhbit that ranges from cheap Indonesian-made eyelashes to shoes that show Western designers' belated realisation that the pink colour 'nude' did not apply to all the world's population, free, Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road

+ Burkinis and bullets at the V&A


London, Sugar & Slavery , permanent gallery at the Museum of Docklands, No 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, E14. Info:


atmosphere: exploring climate science, free, Science Museum, South Kensington. Info: Museum


Atlantic Worlds, transatlantic slave trade gallery, National Maritime Museum, Park Row, SE1. Info: 8858 4422/ 8312 656


* Making Nature: How we see animals, free, Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1, until 21 May. Info:



Wednesday 22-Sunday 26 February

* Nepal: Resilience on the Roof of the World, photography exhibition highlighting the culture, hopes and energy of people in isolated Nepalese villages, 11am-6pm, free, gallery@oxo, Coin Street, SE1. Info: 7021 1600/


from Thursday 24 February

* Making Jamaica: Photography from the 1890s, the history of how the images of modern Jamaica as a tourist destination – and tropical commodity – was created through photography, Autograph ABNP, Rivington Street, until 18 April. Info: 7739 7855



* Image, below right: Richard Mosse's exhibition, Incoming, is at the Barbican: "I am European. I am complicit. I wanted to foreground this perspective in a way, to try to see refugees and illegal immigrants as our governments see them. I wanted to enter into that logic in order to create an image that reveals it. So I chose to represent these stories, really a journey or series of journeys, using an ambivalent and perhaps sinister new European weapons camera technology. The camera is intrusive of individual privacy, yet the imagery that this technology produces is so dehumanised – the person literally glows – that the medium anonymizes."

Venice Biennale: Irish Pavilion








* Lion, drama about an Indian boy adopted by an Australian couple who seeks out his original family, Oeon Covent Garden, Odeon Whiteleys, Barnes Olympic Studios, Clapham Picturehouse, Peckhamplex


* Denial, film about the true story of David Irving's thankfully unsuccessful legal attempt to undermine the reality of the Holocaust - given topical urgency by current controversy over our "post-truth" society, Odeon Mezzanine, Barnes Olympic Studios


Cameraperson, odd but strangely compelling episodic assembly of shots by professional cameraperson Kirsten Johnson, Peckham Montpelier, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 23 February, 


* P.S. Jerusalem, returning to her hometown  with her young family after several years abroad, Danae Elon offers an intimate, ground's eye view of one of the most fiercely contested cities in the world, 6.30pm, £9/£7, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 23 February


Tuesday 21 February

* Tanna, custom v crush in a love story set in Vanuatu, 6.45pm, Hackney Picturehouse


Wednesday 22 February

* Les Pépites, as children, in order to survive, they were scavengers in the open garbage dump in Phnom-Penh, Cambodia. That’s where Christian and Marie-France, a French couple, met them over 20 years ago and began their inexhaustible fight to pull these children out of their living hell + Q&A with director Xavier de Lauzanne, 6pm, 8.30pm, Institut français, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7. Info: 7871 3515/ 22 February

The Eagle Huntress, 13-year-old Alsholpan causes a stir in her isolated Kazhak tribe by pursuing her dream despite objections from the elders: to become the first Eagle Huntress in Mongolia against all odds, Curzon Bloomsbury


Friday 24 February

* Revolutions, short films, free, London School of Economics, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2. Info:

* The Human Surge, using intentionally amateur tracking shots and outlandish transitions between storylines, Eduardo Williams' work connects disaffected youth in Argentina, Mozambique and the Philippines through a shared search for fulfilment beyond the mundanity and precarity of routine jobs, 7pm, £8, conc available, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1. Info: 7887 8888/ Surge


Saturday 25 February

* The Black Safari, 1072 film in which African explorers travel through exotic Britain by canal in a parody of white exploration + Q&A 2pm, £6.50, NFT, Southbank, Belvedere Road

*  Rough Stage, Maher wants to put on the first modern dance production at the Ramallah cultural centre but those around disapprove. He perseveres as he rehearses with four other dancers and tries to gain the support of his family + Q&A with director Toomas Jarvet, 4pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:  Tickets


Sunday 26 February

* The Salesman, Asghar Farhadi’s latest insight into life in Tehran, where a married couple is forced to move out of their apartment. They find a new flat, but their life is turned upside down when an incident having to do with the previous tenant occurs, Curzons Aldgate, Bloomsbury, Soho and Victoria, 6.30pm; Institut français, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7, 6.20pm. Info: 7871 3515/









The Kite Runner, Afghanistan is on the verge of war and two childhood friends are about to be torn apart. But neither Hassan or Amir can foresee the incident that will shatter their lives, Wyndham's Theatre, 32 Charing Cross Road, WC2, until 11 March. Info: Tickets/ 0844 482 5138


* The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, off-Broadway musical about a cheeky and satirical look at how women have been defined by others and themselves from the 1960s to present day, with an original score fusing Motown, pop and R&B - think Sondheim meets Beyoncé!, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, E15, until 11 March. Info: 8534 0310/


* Dubailand, on the 88th floor of an unfinished skyscraper in the Emirate’s glittering skyline, the life of a migrant labourer becomes fatefully intertwined with that of Jamie, a British expat with his eye on the big time, Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10, until 21 February. Info: 0844 847 1652/

+ The beautiful, disturbing view from the 88th floor


* New Nigerians, political satire by British-Nigerian writer Oladipo Agboluaje, Arcola Theatre, Ashwin Street, E8, until 11 March. Info: 7503 1646

+ Plenty of laughs as a socialist heads for power in Nigeria


* September 11th: Be Vigilant, Beware, There Could Be Terrorists Anywhere, presented by Red Zone Theatre, created in 2004 in Baghdad by Iraqi director Kuhel Khalid who was forced to flee and has created a UK branch of the company, £10/£8, Cockpit, Gateforth Street, NW8, until 21 February. Info: 7258 2925


Tuesday 21-Saturday 25 February

* How To Come Out Black, exposes the humour and horror of expectations placed on a racialised female body, Yard Theatre, Unit 2a, Queens Yard, White Post Lane, E9. Info: 333111 0570. Part of  Now17


from Wednesday 22 February

* Chigger Foot Boys, based on true events in the lives of Jamaicans who fought in World War One and set amid the banter in a rum bar near Kingston Harbour, four young men tell their stories of death and glory as the end of the British Empire looms, Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, SW18, until 11 March. Info: 8333 4457/ TARA@TARA-ARTS.COM


from Thursday 23 February

* Grounded, gripping play about a female drone pilot, Gate Theatre, 11 Pembridge Road, W11, until 18 March. Info: 7229 0706









Monday 20 February

* Oceans, 11.25pm, BBC4, 

* Writing A New Caribbean, 4pm, R4


Tuesday 21 February 

* Imagine: She Spoke the Unspeakable, the life of Egypt's Nawal El Saadawi,10.45pm, BBC1

* Planet Earth 2, 8pm, BBC4

* Ross Kemp: Libya's Migrant Hell, 9pm, Sky1

* Indian Hill Railways, 11pm, BBC4

* Costing the Earth, 3.30pm, R4


Wednesday 22 February

* Wild China, 10.40pm, BBC4

* Free Thinking: The Past, Presdent and Future of Soil,  10pm, R3

* Drama: A World Elsewhere, what happens to a radicalised teenager arrested in Gkasgow after a spell in Syria, 2.15pm, R4

*  Costing the Earth, 9pm, R4


Thursday 23 February

* Born Too White, albinism in Tanzania and Malawi, 9pm, BBC2

* Thailand - Earth's Tropical Paradise, 8pm, BBC4

* Witness, the story of five missionaries who made contact with an isolated Ecuadorian tribe, midday04, R4