Can Art Be Political? Regarding the Controversy Surrounding Manifesta 6

Can art be political? Judging by the problems that Manifesta 6, the European Biennial of Contemporary Arts, has encountered with its next venue, the answer is yes! Moreover, this plain affirmation looks like an understatement in a context where politicians like to affirm their separation from culture but where they still have the power to censor a cultural project. The next Manifesta, an exhibition founded and aimed towards a larger Europe that already took place in Rotterdam, Luxembourg, Ljubljana, Frankfurt, and Donostia-San Sebastian, was supposed to happen between September 17 and December 23, 2006, in Nicosia (Cyprus), a culturally … Read more