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No more deaths on the tracks—why graffiti must be decriminalised

No more deaths on the tracks—why graffiti must be decriminalised Graffiti writer A Dee spoke to Socialist Worker about the recent deaths of artists Trip, Lover, and KBag and what they show about the state’s policy

The List sends a powerful message about refugee deaths

The List sends a powerful message about refugee deaths The List on display at the Chisenhale Gallery documents the refugees who have died at the hands of the European Union’s “Fortress Europe” immigration policy

Culture round-up

Culture round-up This new exhibition places Rembrandt’s work alongside pieces by the British artists he inspired.

Path of Blood helps us understand contradictions of Al Qaeda

Path of Blood helps us understand contradictions of Al Qaeda The mainstream media likes to portray Al Qaeda fighters simply as fanatical terrorists, but a new documentary shows how they live, says Harjeevan Gill

When the American Dream turned into a nightmare

When the American Dream turned into a nightmare The Lehman Trilogy is a three-hour, three-person play that tells the story of the rise and fall of US banking giant Lehman Brothers.

The Jungle play poses difficult questions

The Jungle play poses difficult questions Anyone who went on convoys to the “jungle” refugee camp in Calais will recognise the Afghan restaurant.

Two Dorothea Lange exhibitions question the political uses of photography


Dorothea Lange’s images are about more than just the 1930s in the US, and another exhibition looks at how photos are used

In the Fade is a complex story of racism


In the Fade is a film filled with raw emotion. It gives a sensitive and realistic portrayal of Islamophobia and its consequences for the main character, Katja.

Wilde is the tragic prince in new film about his final years


A new release about the life of Oscar Wilde is testament to his wit and an attack on the callousness of the British ruling class, writes?Alistair Farrow

Frida Kahlo’s layers on show at V&A exhibition, but her politics are suppressed


Frida Kahlo’s carefully constructed private, public and professional identity is thoroughly unpicked in a new exhibition, Making Her Self Up.

Irish place names written in the occupiers’ language


Brian Friel’s play Translations is set in Ireland in 1833 as a new phase of intensified British rule is beginning.

Giuseppe Penone's sculptures explore links between nature and artist


Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s latest offerings are a poignant reminder of how we’re alienated from the natural world, says?Esther Neslen

Rage and hope on new album from Parquet Courts


Until now this brilliant New York band’s most well-known song was called, “Stoned and starving”.

Shape of Light exhibition challenges perception of reality


 

Portraits that tell deeper stories about their subjects


Victoria Crowe’s portraits strongly reflect the emotional and intellectual relationship that she formed with her subjects.

Fascists can’t sing—banned songs a hit at Gate Theatre


A new musical collaboration between a west London theatre and the English National Opera sticks two fingers up to the Nazis, says Jasmine Fischer

Vanley Burke’s iconic images of Birmingham


It’s an iconic image. Winford Fagan in Handsworth, Birmingham, 1970.

Redoubtable—a flawed take on ‘68 through Godard’s eyes


A new film about Jean-Luc Godard and 1968 would be better if it focused a little more on the latter and a little less on the former, says?Bethan Turner

A brutal tale of profit and dispossession in Cambodia


This film focuses on life in Cambodia over a six-year period from 2009 to 2015, documenting the forcible evictions of poor families at the Boeung Kak Lake in Phnom Penh.

Robert Kennedy’s hypocrisy on display in new TV show


A new documentary glosses over uglier truths, but shows how Robert Kennedy was forced to acknowledge the Civil Rights Movement, says?Antony Hamilton

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