From victims of Hurricane Harvey to the music of Roger Waters, 2017 has been full of renewed debate around support for boycotts

Shuddhabarata Sengupta. Courtesy: the artist

Anri Sala, Tana Bruguera and others discuss what it really means to be social engaged

An activist as well as an artist, Navjot Altaf talks about why political struggle is a process, not an event

Olafur Eliasson, Green Light, 2016, wood, recycled yogurt cups, used plastic bags, recycled nylon, LED, 35 × 35 × 35 cm. Courtesy: the artist & Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary; photograph: Thilo Frank & David de Larrea Remiro / Studio Olafur Eliasson; © Olafur Eliasson

How is contemporary art responding to the current refugee crisis? Three case studies ...

Sean O'Toole considers the activism finding its way into the city's art scene

The enduring symbolism of a sewn mouth, from the works of David Wojnarowicz to recent protests by refugees

Wasted Rita, I Am Human, 2012; Courtesy: the artist

W.A.G.E.’s fight for artist fees

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From the series ‘Life. Drawing.’, organized by David Horvitz and Adam Katz in Zuccotti Park, New York, 2011–12

How Occupy influenced New York’s art scene

Gran Fury Welcome to America, 1989, laserprinted billboard, corner of Houston Street and Broadway, New York

AIDS activism now and then – 25 years of ACT UP and Gran Fury


Can art be effective activism and vice versa?

Fritz Haeg speaks at Frieze Talks 2008. Photograph: D Tyler/Frieze

A keynote lecture by the polymath artist and ecologist