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Anish Kapoor, C-Curve (2007). Courtesy of Dominic Alves/Flickr
Anish Kapoor, C-Curve (2007). Courtesy of Dominic Alves/Flickr
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2017 Genesis Prize Laureate Anish Kapoor to Donate $1 Million to the Refugee Crisis

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Art & Design Editor
Updated: 28 February 2017
On February 5th, British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor was announced the 2017 Genesis Prize Laureate. The Genesis Prize, also referred to as the Jewish Nobel Prize, awards the winner $1 million. Kapoor, a Turner Prize-winner of Jewish descent, was awarded for his outstanding contributions to contemporary art. He has since proclaimed that he will use the money to help combat the refugee crisis.

“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.

Anish Kapoor at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin. Courtesy of Creative Commons
Anish Kapoor at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin. Courtesy of Creative Commons

“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.”

Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate. Courtesy of Phil Roeder/Flickr
Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate. Courtesy of Phil Roeder/Flickr

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.