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A Radical Legacy: 90 Years of John Berger: Ploughshares

With several unforeseen upheavals in global politics over the last year, John Berger’s approach to art and literature as implicitly political seems more relevant than ever. Throughout his extensive oeuvre, Berger posited aesthetics as a radical vehicle for social change, and embraced the role of storytelling and criticism, of poetry and the visual arts. In Berger’s 90th year, we find ourselves in a fraught historical moment where freedom of expression seems evermore precariously perched, and it seems timely to ask what we can take from his legacy.

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Sue Rainsford