Two artists withdraw from Barbican exhibition due to ‘concerns about artistic freedom’

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DUBAI: French-Moroccan artist Yto Barrada and Filipino artist Cian Dayrit have opted to remove their artworks from an Barbican exhibition, titled “Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art.”

The decision comes as a response to the institution’s decision to cancel hosting a speech concerning the Israel-Gaza war, a move acknowledged by its chief executive to have stirred “significant concern about artistic freedom.”

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