Why The Gruffalo’s Axel Scheffler Draws for Europe
This week on The Cultural Frontline we find out how leading international artists are responding to some of the world’s biggest news stories. The Grufallo illustrator Axel Scheffler tells The Cultural Frontline why he has responded to Brexit through illustration. The superstar Puerto Rican artist iLe speaks to The Cultural Frontline's Maria Bakkalapulo about the political future of Puerto Rico following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. We hear from the writer Sandip Roy on how...
The Power and the Art of Photography
This week on The Cultural Frontline we focus on five photographers. We meet the Pulitzer Prize winner, Lynsey Addario, whose work captures the people at the heart of the world’s most dangerous conflict zones. The official photographer to President Barack Obama, Pete Souza, talks about his experience capturing the key moments of a historic US Presidency. We explore the work of the South African photographer, Tony Gum, who has been called the coolest girl in Cape Town by Vogue Magazine. Plus...
The Cultural Frontline: Music Without Borders
Music is a language without borders but what does it mean to those who’ve had to cross borders to survive? Rihab Azar, a classical oud player from Syria, Yasmin Kadi, an Afrobeat singer from Sierra Leone, and Tabrae, an underground hip-hop artist from Iran, are three talented, young musicians forced to leave their home countries. With some help from award winning music producer Chad Hobson, the three come together for a Cultural Frontline special, not only to share their experiences, but...
An Act Of Censorship Or Cultural Sensitivity?
Should a divisive, traumatising sculpture have been dismantled? ‘Scaffold’, a sculpture by white American artist Sam Durant, was intended to explore America’s relationship with capital punishment. A faithful replica of seven hangman’s gallows, the work reflects the execution of 38 Dakota Indians in 1862, in what was the largest government-sanctioned mass-hanging in U.S. history. When erected by a prestigious art gallery in Minnesota, in full sight of Dakota land, protestors called the work...
Beyond the Borders of Partition
This week on the Cultural Frontline, guided by some of the Indian subcontinent’s finest contemporary artists we explore Partition, not as a historical event, but as an open wound. Award winning authors, Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie and Indian writer Urvashi Butalia, both from families of Partition refugees, discuss how the legacy of independence continues to shape the cultural identity of both of their homelands. Exploring the fallout of Partition across the generations, Indian...