Art under siege: We are not dead

2013-10-27 06:00

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The banning and arrest of artists proves how much power they actually have. But will fear of losing funding lead to silence, asks Lesley Perkes

“Their search for sense at the edge of meaning was ultimately realised at the cost of their lives, swept away in the senseless Great Terror that’s impossible to explain … The cost of taking part in creating history is always staggeringly high for people, for their very lives. But that taking part is the very spice of human life. Being poor while bestowing riches on many, having nothing but possessing everything. It is believed that the Oberiu dissidents are dead, but they live on. They are persecuted but they do not die.”

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