Artistic freedom is a fundamental democratic right.
Creative expression, from poetry to street art, theater, and literature, is often at the vanguard of political resistance and change, and so artists are some of the first to be silenced. In this panel, speakers discuss their own experiences as artists in authoritarian contexts where their ability to produce art was violently suppressed.
These artists have all found haven at Cornell. Their art speaks to the trauma of authoritarianism and the hope for change.