The black money vortex
Ethical funding is a concern in the arts that we should all be well versed with, especially given the rise of corporate sponsorships and dwindling of public funding. It could be argued that accepting money from a “dirty” institution is tantamount to endorsing that institution.
Artist Jesse Darling recently made a blog post featuring a friend’s email who was deeply concerned with her participation in a Zabludowicz Collection event. It’s a well-conceived argument against collaborating with an institution that is a huge financial supporter of Israel. They write:
“I also think the boycott that is called for is more than a symbolic act, and that the role of the Zabludowicz collection in establishing an appearance of (critical) culture that buttresses a politics of outright barbarism and colonial violence really does need challenging by the artistic community.”
With that said, what are the most important texts about the politics of refusal of “dirty” money? What are some famous examples of this. Let’s make a reading list!