Graffitied pigs, a viola player, a painting of a war zone, underground music, a prime minister as a clown. These are just some of the subversive art works that in the last year have resulted in artists’ imprisonment, prosecution, bans and threats.
This post first appeared on the IFEX website and is cross-posted with permission.
Sara Whyatt is a campaigner and researcher on freedom of artistic expression and human rights, notably as a director at PEN International for over 20 years and previously for Amnesty International. At PEN she worked with its global membership of writers based in over 100 countries.