When culture becomes the casualty of conflict

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With the Russia-Ukraine conflict heading toward a third month, “The Hub with Wang Guan” focuses on the latest casualty – culture. An indiscriminate Western boycott of all things Russian has shut Russian masters like Dostoevsky and Tolstoy out of classrooms. Russian artists have been axed from the 59th Venice Biennale, and Wimbledon has banned Russian and Belarusian players.

Vittorio Sgarbi, former undersecretary at the Italian Ministry of Culture and an art critic, explains why cultural sanctions are a crime against civilization and will not stop the conflict. For Prof. Josef Mahoney of East China Normal University, it’s an echo of what happened after World War II. American comedian Lee Camp points out the double standard – the U.S. itself has never been “canceled” despite its bombing of Iraq, Syria, Libya and others. Art should be used to engage instead of confront – that’s how Neil Zhang, curator at the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, sees it.

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