Art has more than ever become a space for protest, with artists, curators and organisations taking up the causes of the Occupy movement, the jailed members of Pussy Riot (57), or the censorship issues raised by last year’s number 1, Ai Weiwei (3 in 2012). Art is seen increasingly as a space of social and political commentary, a shift highlighted by Christov-Bakargiev’s engagement with current conflicts, notably the war in Afghanistan, and in the work of artists such as Theaster Gates (56) and Walid Raad (77), and writers such as Boris Groys (61), Slavoj Žižek (65) and Jacques Rancière (92).

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