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“What we have here is a key contradiction of our economic system: on the one hand, we have empty buildings punctuating the city’s landscape, and on the other, we have droves of families who are day by day becoming homeless in spite of their best efforts to stay afloat.”

Creative Time Reports spoke with City Life/Vida Urbana, the Boston collective who set up a pirate radio station to combat foreclosures. Read it.

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“Today 780 million people lack access to drinking water. By 2030 nearly half the world’s population will inhabit areas of ‘high water stress.’ In Central Asia the lack of the precious resource not only traps people in situations of dire need and sanitary hazard; it also foreshadows the rise of “water wars”—cross-border skirmishes over access to water that aggravate ecological strife and give it sharp political overtones.”

Fyodor Savintsev’s photos of Kyrgyzstan foreshadow water conflicts to come in Central Asia. SEE MORE.

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Read Hatian author Jean-Euphèle Milcé’s piece for Creative Time’s series of pieces related to Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety…” installation, then come see him this Sunday at the Queens Museum at 5PM. "A cane laborer needs a hiding place. You have to outsmart this produce that grows while slicing through your skin with each wind gust. The furrows I wear on my body are like ramps onto the road of the sugar of sweetness and the rum of intoxication leading toward New York, London, Milan."http://creativetimereports.org/2014/05/09/jean-euphele-milce-to-drink-my-sweet-body/

penamerican:

Read Hatian author Jean-Euphèle Milcé’s piece for Creative Time’s series of pieces related to Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety…” installation, then come see him this Sunday at the Queens Museum at 5PM.

"A cane laborer needs a hiding place. You have to outsmart this produce that grows while slicing through your skin with each wind gust. The furrows I wear on my body are like ramps onto the road of the sugar of sweetness and the rum of intoxication leading toward New York, London, Milan."

http://creativetimereports.org/2014/05/09/jean-euphele-milce-to-drink-my-sweet-body/

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To coincide with the opening of Kara Walker’s spectacular exhibition at the Domino Sugar Factory, Creative Time Reports has commissioned a series of prose, poetry, and drawings responding to the same themes of human trafficking and exploitation in the sugar trade. They include:

Novelist Edwidge Danticat: The Price of Sugar

Writer and performer Shailja Patel: Unpour

Poet Tracy K. Smith: Photo of Sugar Cane Plantation Workers, Jamaica, 1891

Writer and illustrator Ricardo Cortés: The Act of Whitening

Writer Jean-Euphèle Milcé: To Drink My Sweet Body

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“The women who call Casa Xochiquetzal home are former (and on occasion current) sex workers. They have come to live in the permanent shelter after years of working in by-the-hour fleabag motels and then—as youthful allure faded—sleeping on the streets. For many residents, the house offers their first respite from years of violence, exploitation and economic insecurity.”

New on Creative Time Reports: Poignant portraits of retired (and semi-retired) sex workers in Mexico City.

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Celebrate 4/20 with Creative Time Reports! They’ve got 13 different ways of looking at cannabis, courtesy of 13 different artists—like Fred Tomaselli, Roe Etheridge, and Tom Sachs. Read the whole thing.

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“I come, I draw and I go. This is a world of speed. I can do a project every week no matter where it is on the planet. You, as the audience, do not give me more than a few seconds of attention. I create art for those few seconds.”

Dan Perjovschi shared the process behind his drawings that ironically address the Crimean occupation and other political and economic issues. Read (and see) more on Creative Time Reports.

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“The argument that ‘all money is dirty’ should not be used as an excuse to deliberately compromise social responsibility.” —Ahmet Ögüt in Creative Time Reports.
Pictured: Ahmet Ögüt, Stones to Throw, 2011. Detail view from installation at Cockatoo Island, 19th Biennale of Sydney, 2014. Photograph by Ahmet Ögüt.

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“The argument that ‘all money is dirty’ should not be used as an excuse to deliberately compromise social responsibility.” —Ahmet Ögüt in Creative Time Reports.

Pictured: Ahmet Ögüt, Stones to Throw, 2011. Detail view from installation at Cockatoo Island, 19th Biennale of Sydney, 2014. Photograph by Ahmet Ögüt.

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Tattfoo Tan, Beets with Onions, Anchovies, Fennel and Balsamic Vinegar (left) and Carrot Soup with Ginger and Sun Dried Tomato (right), 2013.

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Tattfoo Tan, Three Beans Chili (left) and Apple Sauce Prosciutto (right), 2013.

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Tattfoo Tan, Four Colored Bell Pepper Pasta (left) and Mashed Potato with Bacon and Leeks (right), 2013.

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Tattfoo Tan, Miso Vegetables Soup (left) and Fried Rice with Beans, Corns and Snow Peas (right), 2013.

As climate change poses increasing threats to our agriculture, artist Tattfoo Tan challenges us to reduce food waste by rethinking what produce should look like. On Creative Time Reports, Tan shares creative techniques for salvaging deformed vegetables, which, with a little love, are transformed into beautiful meals.

Above are images of meals Tattfoo made for NEMRE: New Earth Meals Ready to Eat, in which he saved potatoes and carrots rejected by grocery stores. After they were cleaned and chopped, these ugly vegetables became beautiful ingredients for his meals, which he then dehydrated and vacuum-sealed. 

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In Taiwan, hundreds of deserted public construction projects have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Artist Yao Jui-chung shared his haunting photographs with Creative Time Reports.