In Plain Sight skywriting project targets US culture of incarceration: ‘We have a brief moment of clarity’ | Art and design

In Plain Sight skywriting project targets US culture of incarceration: ‘We have a brief moment of clarity’ | Art and design

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If you look skyward on the fourth of July in the United States, you can usually expect to see fireworks burst forth above towns and cities as people celebrate Independence Day. This year, in the sunny skies above the land of the free, the loaded question of independence – for whom, and on whose terms?
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From trampolines to a magic playground: children draw what’s special to them – in pictures | Art and design

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Together in Art Kids is an online project run by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. It launched in May to inspire children’s creativity while they isolated with their families. Children aged five to 12 were invited to create a piece of art using materials in their home, on a theme chosen by a
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‘Their stories should be told right’: how museums are documenting the protests | Art and design

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Lafayette Square in Washington DC has seen considerable political upheaval over the past month. After clashes with police, Black Lives Matter protesters turned the fenced-off area that was built to block protesters from entering the White House, into a crowd-sourced memorial wall, piled with paintings, posters and drawings of George Floyd, and other victims of
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‘Upward-thrusting buildings ejaculating into the sky’ – do cities have to be so sexist? | Art and design

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Glass ceilings and phallic towers. Mean streets and dark alleys. Road names and statues of men. From the physical to the metaphorical, the city is filled with reminders of masculine power. And yet we rarely talk of the urban landscape as an active participant in gender inequality. A building, no matter how phallic, isn’t actually
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Mariachi Mecca: Mexico’s national heritage under threat from Covid-19 | Art and design

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The Mariachi musician is one of Mexico’s most best-known symbols and Plaza Garibaldi their home in Mexico City’s historic downtown, known as the Mariachi Mecca. Normally the plaza will have hundreds of tourists and locals present to see them perform. With the new government restrictions in place due to Covid-19, there are hundreds of jobless
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Imagine a ‘New America’: reclaiming the American flag – in pictures | Art and design

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With the explosion of global protests and activism demanding an end to racial inequality, Jameelah Nuriddin and Erin Hammond consider the complicated relationship between African Americans and the American flag in a series of photos. The eight images capture a giant 200-year-old flag, a young black woman with a giant afro, and various postures combining
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