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The Walker Curates the News 11.09.15

The Citizen, 2015 © Tobias Zielony

The Citizen, 2015 © Tobias Zielony

“Art is not neutral.” Tania Canas, arts director of RISE (Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees ), raises questions around the ethics of artists using refugees in their  projects. In this 10-point list, she exposes the reality that, though artists’ representations of refugees are often seen as giving voice to those who are silenced, such representations can easily become exploitative. She asks artists to examine themselves even more critically than their subjects when conducting such projects, demanding that they analyze their biases, realize their privilege, and interrogate their intention.

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