“I am an artist, not a politician, and I feel I must speak out against indifference for the suffering of others,” Anish Kapoor said in a statement to The Guardian. He went on to say that the displacement, desperation, and suffering of over 60 million refugees must also be felt by those who are fortunate enough not to be stateless.
“Jewish identity and history have witnessed recurring conditions of indifference, persecution and Holocaust,” Kapoor continued. “As inheritors and carriers of Jewish values it is unseemly, therefore, for us to ignore the plight of people who are persecuted, who have lost everything and had to flee as refugees in mortal danger.”
Kapoor, who has a history of political activism through art, is using the Genesis Prize as a platform for addressing the Jewish community on a global scale. The call-to-action, paired with the prize money, will be used to ease refugee suffering.
Artnet reports that Kapoor will publicize his specific plans for the refugee crisis in June 2017.