Daniel Trilling is the editor of ‘New Humanist’. His book, ‘Lights in the Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe’ is published by Picador in the UK and Verso in the US.

The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist (2018), Michael Rakowitz’s sculpture for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London.

Making up for the past – the artists filling in the blanks in our collective memory

How artists such Michael Rakowitz, Kader Attia and Hew Locke are picking up where official narratives leave off

20 Jul 2019
Still from BRIDGIT (2016), Charlotte Prodger, courtesy the artist, Koppe Astner, Glasgow and Hollybush Gardens

How political is political art?

Many artists take themes such as migration, climate change, and human rights as their subjects, but what are they actually doing with them?

8 Dec 2018
Sculpture at the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, photo: © Robert Harding/Alamy Stock Photos

What national museums tell us about national identities

Museums of national history put the stories countries like to tell about themselves into physical form

26 Feb 2018