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Cecilia Vicuña announced as the Next Hyundai Commission Artist at Tate

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During the early 1970s, the artist went into exile after the violent military coup against former Chilean President Salvador Allende | Photo Lucy Dawkins

Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña has been announced as the next Hyundai Commission for Tate Modern‘s Turbine Hall.

The annual Hyundai Commission, currently in its seventh series, offers artists an opportunity to create new work for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, a space that has hosted some of the world’s most memorable and acclaimed works of contemporary art.

Vicuña is perhaps best known for her radical textile sculptures, combining natural materials and traditional crafts. A prolific multi-disciplinary artist, she explores the pressing concerns of ecology, community, and social justice. Born and raised in Santiago, Cecilia went into exile during the early 1970s after the violent military coup against former Chilean President Salvador Allende. This sense of impermanence, and a desire to preserve and pay tribute to the country’s indigenous history and culture have characterized her career, spanning half a century.

“Cecilia Vicuña’s work explores generations of memory and history from a wider perspective, attending to the world around us. We look forward to seeing how the seventh Hyundai Commission with Vicuña invites audiences to think about their role in a broader conversation about our present and future.” – says Thomas Schemera, Global Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Customer Experience Division at Hyundai Motor Company.

Hyundai Commission: Cecilia Vicuña at the Tate Modern will open to the public from October 13, 2022 to April 16, 2023.

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Jonathan Munro to become BBC News Global Director

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Jonathan Munro, currently Director of Journalism and Deputy CEO of BBC News

Jonathan Munro, currently Director of Journalism and Deputy CEO of BBC News, will take up the post of BBC News Global Director from September. In this new role, spanning international services, he will be Director of the BBC World Service, oversee BBC Monitoring and remain Deputy CEO of BBC News and Current Affairs.

Jonathan says: “I am thrilled and daunted in equal measure to be taking on the enormous responsibilities of leading the BBC World Service, along with other international activities for our global audiences.

“As I’ve travelled around the world with the BBC over the last decade or so, everywhere I have been I’ve been told of the enduring value of impartial news, in English and our more than 40 other languages. The need for independent news is growing, not shrinking, and the BBC’s role in pursuing truth and enriching knowledge has never been more important.

“The BBC teams I have met across the world are dedicated, professional and talented. I can’t wait to start working with them all.”

Munro joined the BBC in 2014 and has led BBC News coverage through every major story over the last decade, from Brexit to UK general elections and recent political upheaval, the Israel/Gaza and Ukraine conflicts and the death of HM The Queen. He recently led the complex transformation of the BBC’s business in India, putting in place a new structure and operating model.

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22-Year-Old Sam Carling Becomes Labour MP in UK’s 2024 Elections

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22-year-old Sam Carling was elected as the Labour MP for North West Cambridgeshire

After the Labour Party’s landslide victory in the UK general elections on July 4th, 2024, one elected candidate has been trending on social media for days. Sam Carling, a 22-year-old Cambridge University science graduate student, secured a narrow victory over veteran Conservative MP Shailesh Vara to become the Labour MP for North West Cambridgeshire. His win, by a mere 39 votes, didn’t go unnoticed online.

Carling’s election has been met with a mix of enthusiasm and skepticism. Supporters argue that his fresh perspective and youthful energy are exactly what is needed to bring about meaningful change.

On social media platforms like X (formerly known as Twitter), reactions were divided.

“It doesn’t matter how many people try to explain. He won’t work this out until he’s older,” said social media user Maurice Mo. Podcaster and journalist Adam Hurd defended Carling, stating, “Yeah cause all those older people have done a banging job so far. His age doesn’t matter, what matters is his honesty, his beliefs and his work ethic”.

Other internet users joined the debated about the life experience of the newly elected politician. Cameraman Tom Jeffs noted: “Try telling a 22-year-old who can’t afford to buy or even rent their first home that they don’t have ‘life experience’ and that their opinion doesn’t matter”. And Edinburgh-based Jonny Bell argued about Sam Carling being elected as a Labour Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons at the age of 22 questioning his suitability for the position, given that the MP will receive a basic annual salary of £91,346 plus expenses.

“… He’s never worked for years to afford a house, he’s childless, he’s never struggled…he knows nothing… He’s everything wrong in politics…” .

Others, however, highlighted the potential wisdom of youth.

“Age doesn’t always equal wisdom. My grandfather was always one to blow his own trumpet about ‘university of life’ experience. He thought the vikings founded London and were defeated by Romans… and evolution wasn’t true because ‘there is no way we evolved from dinosaurs,”  quipped internet user Steve Barrett.

“Imagine thinking that young people can’t add value to democracy by being elected representatives. This country is made up of young AND older. Good for this young man,” celebrated Joseph Gaunt, a project director at app e-lectorate.

Alexander Marsh, a Master of Arts at CCCU, also believes that young blood can be beneficial in British politics moving forward.

“He’s a young person in a group largely ignored by older politicians. The fact the public has lost so much confidence in the conservative party they rather elect a 22-year-old Labour candidate over an experienced conservative MP goes to show that experience means diddly squat” .

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Sam Carling is not the youngest MP ever elected in the UK. That title goes to James Dickson, who was 21 years old when he was elected as an MP in Ireland in 1832.

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Lakshmi Narayanan awarded at Global Wealth Conference 2024

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Entrepreneur Lakshmi Narayanan Honored as Freeman of the City of London at Global Wealth Conference 2024
SWFI Chairman Lakshmi Narayanan Honored as Freeman of the City of London at Global Wealth Conference 2024

Lakshmi Narayanan, Chairman of the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI), has been awarded the title of Freeman of the City of London during the Global Wealth Conference (GWC) 2024.

The Freedom of the City of London is one of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies dating back to 1237 and it has been awarded to numerous notable figures throughout history. Narayanan has been recognised for his pioneering work with SWFI, which has become a leading platform for research, analysis, and networking in the global capital and sovereign wealth fund sector.

“I am deeply honoured to receive the Freedom of the City of London. This recognition not only celebrates our work at SWFI but also underscores the growing importance of sovereign wealth funds in the global financial landscape. As we continue to foster collaboration and innovation in this sector, this title will serve as a reminder of the responsibility we bear in shaping the future of international finance,” said Lakshmi Narayanan  while receiving the award.

The conference, now in its second year, featured critical discussions on sustainable finance, innovation, and the potential formation of a UK sovereign wealth fund, bringing together sovereign wealth funds and leading asset managers from around the world, representing a combined assets under management (AUM) value of 10 trillion pounds.

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