11:57 am - 11/22/2012

Gangnam Style gets Political: Anish Kapoor 'Gangnam for Freedom'

Globally, Gangnam Style has risen to popularity as a catchy tune, a funny music video, and a memorable dance. Hundreds of parodies of the video have been made, some just copying the dance, some picking up on the social commentary of absurd displays of wealth and status.

Other videos take Gangnam Style in to another area.

British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor has made a version of the Gangnam Style video to promote free speech.

Gangnam for Freedom by Anish Kapoor and Friends has been released to support to promote freedom of speech and in support of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who also made a Gangnam parody as a comment on the lack of freedom in China.

Kapoor’s Gangnam Style video is supported by human rights organisations including Amnesty, Liberty and the Index on Censorship and features other well-known artists such as Mark Wallinger and Bob and Roberta Smith.

High profile figures such as Southbank Centre director Jude Kelly and writer Hanif Kueishi were involved in Gangnam for Freedom, while institutions such as the Guggenheim art gallery sent in contributions.

Kapoor said: “Our film aims to make a serious point about freedom of speech and freedom of expression.
“It is our hope that this gesture of support for Ai Weiwei and all prisoners of conscience will be wide-ranging and will help to emphasise how important these freedoms are to us all.”

Sources: GangnamFor Freedom, Friends Of Ai Weiwei,The Telegraph 
benihime99 22nd-Nov-2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
That's a cover Psy can be proud of

Edited at 2012-11-22 02:53 pm (UTC)
deerlike 22nd-Nov-2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
21banged 22nd-Nov-2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
omg India in my kpop...at least it's better than Sharukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Amitah Bachan dancing that weirdo curry style Gangnam Style. That was goddamn embarrassing.

But I'm glad Anish Kapoor is using GS to promote human rights. PSY would be proud <3
deerlike 22nd-Nov-2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
I love Amitabh DISHOOM Bachchan, but lord that was painful. /o\
21banged 23rd-Nov-2012 01:26 am (UTC)
lmao god knows how much I love Sharukh Khan, but watching that video made me want to cry and slap him into the nether realms :C
sakura_holic 24th-Nov-2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
"but watching that video made me want to cry and slap him into the nether realms :C"
LOl ia
I prefer him spreading out his arms and being all lovey dovey!
mjspice 23rd-Nov-2012 10:50 am (UTC)
Eh? When did this happen?
21banged 24th-Nov-2012 02:41 am (UTC)
I dunno, but I'm pretty sure that it was when they were being interviewed for their new movie. Too bad most of the videos have been deleted :C
mjspice 24th-Nov-2012 09:28 am (UTC)
Ohhh I thought it was some official video they made or something. Ah well. I'm sure the copycat music directors might make an Indian version of it soon. XD
sakura_holic 24th-Nov-2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
LOL I saw it on T.V on KBC and my parents where with me! I felt embarrassed watching it and my dad wanted me to dance along with him :S
akaich0u 22nd-Nov-2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
Good for him. I'm glad for any exposure of the continued lack of freedom/democracy and pretty much the total disregard for human rights in China. It's extremely sad that just because it plays a major role in the world economy that many (unfortunately uninformed) young people don't realize the true extent of oppression that still goes on in China.
deerlike 22nd-Nov-2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
Hanif Kureishi! :') This is brilliant, one of the best Gangnam parody videos yet.
dharawal 23rd-Nov-2012 01:29 am (UTC)

I am sure that is a parody that Psy can get right behind.
mjspice 23rd-Nov-2012 10:51 am (UTC)
sakura_holic 24th-Nov-2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
Wow! Brilliant idea of expressing need of human rights.
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