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Challenging Racism Through Sculpture

Public art confronts racism in Berlin; wandering and writing in Vancouver; the film using an urban myth to open a dialogue between Africa and Israel and the Swedish dance licence.

The Wolves are Back is a series of giant wolf-man sculptures by German artist Rainer Opolka. His bronze and cast iron creations are currently on display in Berlin, after been shown in Dresden and Potsdam. The pack of 66 creatures, each striking a threatening pose, is accompanied by the inscription ‘don’t feed the wolves.’ Tina is joined by the artist to discuss how his work intends to confront what he sees as the rise of racism and neo-Nazism in his home country.

Irish-Canadian author Anakana Schofield responds to the changing cityscape of Vancouver and considers how the current property boom is affecting both its artistic community and her own writing.

In a feature from producer Yael Even Or, artist Luciana Kaplun discusses her dramatization of an urban myth claiming Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was born in Sudan. Kaplun explains how her new film raises questions about the relationship between Africa and Israel, ahead of its screening at The Tel Aviv Museum of Art in November.

Finally, writer Elin Unnes sketches a history of the Swedish dance licence - a law prohibiting dancing in unlicensed public places in Sweden- which has recently been abolished by the Swedish Parliament.

Presented by Tina Daheley.

(Photo: Wolf sculptures outside Berlin central station. Credit: Rainer Opolka)

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27 minutes

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  • Sat 13 Aug 2016 08:32GMT
  • Sat 13 Aug 2016 11:32GMT
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