How important is art as a form of protest?
In a tumultuous year of political unrest, artists are questioning how best to respond.
For the April issue of frieze, we asked 50 artists from more than 30 countries two deceptively simple questions: ‘How important is art as a form of protest?’ and ‘How effective is it as a conduit of change?’ In this talk, chaired by frieze co-editor Jennifer Higgie, a panel discusses the role of art in responding to, and representing, social upheaval and political change.
Osei Bonsu a British-Ghanaian curator and writer based in London. His activities encompass exhibition programming, publishing and cultural strategy. He writes about developments in contemporary art for publications such as Artreview, NKA Journal and New African Magazine among others. In 2017, he will curate the 10th edition of Satellites, a multi-site exhibition at Jeu de Paume (Paris) and CAPC: Centre for Contemporary Art (Bordeaux).
Heather Phillipson works across video, sculpture, drawing, music, text and live events. In 2016, Phillipson presented solo projects at Whitechapel Gallery London, Images Festival Toronto, Frieze Projects New York and the 32nd Sao Paolo Biennale. In 2020 Philipson's work The End will be the 13th work to be displayed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.
Image: Daniel G. Andújar, Democraticemos La Democracia (Let's Democratize Democracy), 2011–ongoing, photograph taken in Sarajevo, 2012. Courtesy: the artist and Casa Sin Fin, Bogotá and Madrid.