Media News - Tuesday, October 23, 2012
A new website, Creative Time Reports, gives artists from around the world a platform for commentary and analysis on current affairs. The site, which launched on October 11, is the latest initative by CreativeTime, a 40-year-old nonprofit that commissions and presents socially conscious art projects. Creative Time Reports premiered with an article on the Spanish economic crisis by the photographer Liam Gillick, who interviewed locals in the Basque region and compared their struggles with his upbringing in Thatcherite Britain. Haitian writer Jean-Euphe`le Milce' contributed a dispatch from the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, writing in his native French with an English translation and audio reading alongside it. An exiled Syrian photographer, Jaber Al Azmeh, wrote an op-ed railing against the portrayal of the Syrian conflict as a civil war rather than the revolution he believes it to be. Many of the artists contributing to Creative Time Reports face great personal risk for doing so, said site editor Marisa Mazria Katz. Creative Time Reports plans to publish two large features a month with smaller dispatches in between. All of the content is available for other sites to republish. Creative Time Reports hopes to establish publishing partnerships with larger outlets that can regularly syndicate their work in a ProPublica model. (Columbia Journalism Review)
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