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Ahmed Basiony- Egypt takes Protest to Bienniale

Cairo-based artist and electronic musician Ahmed Basiony, 32, was killed by sniper fire in Tahrir Square on Jan. 28, 2011, while participating in the demonstrations that launched the Egyptian popular uprising on Jan. 25. Now, the Venice Biennale has announced that Basiony has been selected to represent Egypt in its pavilion in the Giardini for the 2011 Biennale.

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The Power of Our Words

We do not ask, “How can I change the world?” We simply ask, “What do I love? What do I know? What do I care about?” and to the best of our ability, we offer that to the world in the most beautiful way we can… The words we speak have power… So be mindful of your words. Be careful with your power. Go minute by minute through your day casting kindness here and there. THAT is what will bring you the joy you are crying out for.

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The Artist and Social Transformation

As we witness the tumultuous change sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa, it is easy to overlook the role of art and artists in these movements. Yet one needs only to think about the recent imprisonment of Ai Wei Wei in China to be reminded that artists are often on the forefront of social agitation and transformation.

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The Artist and Social Transformation

May 10, 2011 Washington, DC by Edward Norton, Member, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Edward Norton speaking on the artist and social transformation at Fresh Angle: A Ford Forum on the Arts. Photo courtesy of the Ford Foundation As we witness the tumultuous change sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa, […]

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The Artist and Social Transformation

May 10, 2011 Washington, DC by Edward Norton, Member, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Edward Norton speaking on the artist and social transformation at Fresh Angle: A Ford Forum on the Arts. Photo courtesy of the Ford Foundation As we witness the tumultuous change sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa, […]

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