• Issue
  • Jan 02, 2024

London: One Thousand Cuts

Installation view of KAY ABUDE’s Be Creative Remain Resilient, 2023-24, the Showroom Mural Commission 2023-24, at The Showroom, London, 2023. Photo by Cesare di Giglio. Courtesy the artist and The Showroom.

Austerity is a policy that seeps into your skin and mushrooms in your flesh and bones. It tenses the muscles in your rib cage and drives schisms between your actions and your values. As a Londoner of one year, I now embody these conditions, like so many of the capital’s artists, art workers, and institutions large and small who are facing soaring living costs and severe public-funding cuts.

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