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Colombia’s Violent Past Presented as Stunning Works of Art

This week, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago celebrates the work of conceptual sculptor Doris Salcedo with her first ever retrospective.

Doris Salcedo Installation view, Doris Salcedo Studio, Bogotá, 2013 Photo- Oscar Monsalve Pino Reproduced courtesy of the artist; Alexander and Bonin, New York; and White Cube, London

Colombian sculptor Doris Salcedo has the unique talent of being able to turn something innocuous, like a draped sheet or an empty bed, into a meaningful statement on the human condition. This week, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago celebrates the work of this singular artist with her first ever retrospective, which will include not just her greatest hits but also some of her more obscure treasures.

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Chilean Rapper Ana Tijoux Takes on Capitalism in New Video

Hip-hop has always been a useful vehicle for revolutionary political ideals, and the acclaimed emcee has always deployed it for that purpose

Photo courtesy of Nacional Records

It’s hard to get ahold of Ana Tijoux these days. When she isn’t playing shows in New York and Los Angeles, creating music with Palestinian rapper Shadia Mansour, or penning fiery feminist essays for the Walker Art Center, the 37-year old Chilean MC is back home, spending time with her son and daughter, Luciano and Emilia. When Tijoux released her latest album Vengo earlier this year, her impassioned delivery and highly political lyrics garnered glowing reviews from music critics all over the world. “The music of Vengo is virtually flawless,” declared NPR.

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Toronto Pays Artist for Mural, Then Paints Over It

A Toronto artist's commissioned mural was painted over for being "too political."

This guy just got Diego Rivera'd! Artist Joel Richardson says Toronto has painted over the mural the city paid him $2,000 to create. It seems to be a casualty in the mayor’s war on graffiti, but according to a city official, it was painted over because it was too political and it "may have" referred to Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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