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Anish Kapoor: 'If I was a young Muslim, would I feel angry enough to join Isis? I would at least think about it'

Britain has gone through the looking glass and the artist’s new show follows it into the abyss. He talks about the upsurge in racism, fighting for Shamima Begum – and his clash with France’s presidentAt 7.30 on the morning after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Anish Kapoor left his London flat for an appointment with his analyst. On the street, he heard two men talking. “Bet he doesn’t even speak English,” said one. “I turned around and they were talking about me. I was so furious.”Si...
Tags: Art, Isis, London, France, Religion, Race, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Sculpture


Anish Kapoor: 'If I was an angry young Muslim, I would think about joining Isis'

Britain has gone through the looking glass and the artist’s new show follows it into the abyss. He talks about the upsurge in racism, fighting for Shamima Begum – and his clash with France’s presidentAt 7.30 on the morning after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Anish Kapoor left his London flat for an appointment with his analyst. On the street, he heard two men talking. “Bet he doesn’t even speak English,” said one. “I turned around and they were talking about me. I was so furious.”Si...
Tags: Art, London, France, Religion, Race, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Sculpture, Islam


Weaving tales: Barber Shop Chronicles and theatre's wave of black hair shows

Inua Ellams’ hit play bounces between barbers around the world, taking audiences into a male world of rituals and politics, while women share their own hair stories in My Fro and Me The politics that surround the way black people choose (or don’t choose) to style (or not style) their hair can be a tangled issue beyond the salon. Theatre-makers are increasingly tackling the subject in stylish ways. In 2015, as part of the Africa Utopia festival, the British African theatre company Tiata Fahodzi i...
Tags: Fashion, London, Africa, Theatre, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Migration, Race issues, Beauty, Stage, National Theatre, British identity and society, Men's Hair


Malaysians hit back at racism – in pictures

Daniel Adams’s series Why Is Your English So Good? exposes the casual racism encountered by Malaysians, with each image focusing on their experiences while studying or working in the UK or Ireland Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Photography, UK, Students, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Ireland, Art and design, Malaysia, Race issues, Higher Education, Young People, British identity and society, Daniel Adams


'Blackness can be empowering' … meet the American artist adjusting to Somerset life

Rashid Johnson uses tribal masks, houseplants and Shea butter to explore issues of roots, race and identity in black America. What’s he doing in rural England?For the duration of his artistic residency in the small town of Bruton in Somerset, Rashid Johnson will be sending his five-year-old son to the local school. “We did have some concerns,” says the artist. “You know, sending him to a school where there were likely to be no children of colour. I hope it’s OK. I hope he doesn’t feel alone, out...
Tags: Art, Painting, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Race issues, Sculpture, Installation, Identity politics, Exhibitions, Johnson, British identity and society, Somerset, James Baldwin


'Blackness can be empowering' … meet the American artist adjusting to Somerset village life

Rashid Johnson uses tribal masks, houseplants and Shea butter to explore issues of roots, race and identity in black America. What’s he doing in rural England?For the duration of his artistic residency in the tiny village of Bruton in Somerset, Rashid Johnson will be sending his five-year-old son to the local school. “We did have some concerns,” says the artist. “You know, sending him to a school where there were likely to be no children of colour. I hope it’s OK. I hope he doesn’t feel alone, o...
Tags: Art, Painting, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Race issues, Sculpture, Installation, Identity politics, Exhibitions, Johnson, British identity and society, Somerset, James Baldwin


My Country: A Work in Progress review – Carol Ann Duffy visits Brexit

National Theatre, London Britannia is shown to be fractious and divided in this bold but fragmented piece – built from UK voters’ interviews – that does not tell us anything newTom Stoppard suggested recently that Brexit was too big a subject to be easily dramatised. But the National has had the bold idea of collating interviews from around the UK, carried out in the wake of the referendum, to discover what people really feel about their country. The resulting 80-minute show, jointly credited to...
Tags: Europe, Books, Politics, UK, Wales, Scotland, Theatre, European Union, Society, UK News, Culture, Foreign Policy, Stage, Northern Ireland, East Midlands, Rufus Norris


Sharon D Clarke: from Holby City to siren songs

Sharon D Clarke studied to be a social worker before becoming a doctor … on Holby City. Now she’s an Olivier award-winning stage star, singing the blues in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. She talks roles, racism - and the year her voice brokeIn the late 1980s, a young audience member was indelibly impressed by London productions of two plays by American dramatists: a revival of James Baldwin’s 1954 classic The Amen Corner and the UK premiere of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom by August Wilson. “That was the ...
Tags: Music, UK, London, Television, Musicals, Theatre, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Blues, British identity and society, James Baldwin, Sharon D Clarke, Holby City, Holby City Now, Ma Rainey



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