DiEM25’s online art auction: A new way of funding democratic movements and a new relationship between participatory politics and art

by Yanis Varoufakis

DiEM25 is changing the way we do politics and fund our campaigns. From our first day, we declared that we shall not be receiving money from bankers, Brussels, oligarchs and assorted vested interests – that we would struggle with whatever funding our activists could provide from their meagre resources.
Today, faced with the uphill struggle of participating in the European Parliament elections across Europe, we proudly inaugurate a second source of funding: Our online fundraising art auction made possible by the donation of splendid works by remarkable artists we are lucky to count amongst DiEM25’s friends, comrades and supporters – e.g. our very own Brian Eno, Alfonso Cuaron, Costa Varotsos, Hito Steyerl and many, many others.

To peruse the works, and to meet all the participating artists, click here.
Speaking for a moment personally, I am touched and honoured that these artists should see it fit to support DiEM25 and its hard working activists in the run up to the European Parliament elections. This auction demonstrates DiEM25’s remarkable depth and quality, as well as our penchant for a New Politics and a new relationship between Activism and Art.

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