NITASHA DHILON is an artist based in New York and New Delhi. She holds a BA in Mathematics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York and the School of the International Center of Photography. She's a cofounder of Tidal: Occupy Theory magazine; MTL, a collective combining research, aesthetics, and activism in its practice; and Global Ultra Luxury Faction, the direct action wing of Gulf Labor Coalition. She is also a core member of Gulf Labor Coalition. Nitasha is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Media Study - University of Buffalo in New York.
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You have asked me what function art should serve with regard to environmental and social concerns. It should be said that we live in a world where art as we know it is corrupt, exhausted, and weak. We see shimmering edifices of cultural wealth erected on the backs of hyper-exploited laborthe pyramids and coliseums of the 21st centuryon land turned into concrete.