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From the Ted Talk by Shirin Neshat: Art in exile

Unscramble the Blue Letters

But iaicornlly, this sittuiaon has empowered all of us, because we are considered, as artists, central to the cultural, political, social discourse in Iran. We are there to inspire, to provoke, to mloibize, to bring hope to our people. We are the reporters of our ppolee, and are ctmcoruamnois to the outside world. Art is our wepoan. Culture is a form of rcasnstiee. I envy sometimes the artists of the West for their freedom of expression. For the fact that they can distance themselves from the question of politics. From the fact that they are only serving one audience, mainly the Western culture. But also, I worry about the West, because often in this country, in this Western world that we have, culurte risks being a form of entertainment. Our people depend on our artists, and culture is beyond communication.

Open Cloze

But __________, this _________ has empowered all of us, because we are considered, as artists, central to the cultural, political, social discourse in Iran. We are there to inspire, to provoke, to ________, to bring hope to our people. We are the reporters of our ______, and are _____________ to the outside world. Art is our ______. Culture is a form of __________. I envy sometimes the artists of the West for their freedom of expression. For the fact that they can distance themselves from the question of politics. From the fact that they are only serving one audience, mainly the Western culture. But also, I worry about the West, because often in this country, in this Western world that we have, _______ risks being a form of entertainment. Our people depend on our artists, and culture is beyond communication.

Solution

  1. ironically
  2. people
  3. weapon
  4. mobilize
  5. situation
  6. resistance
  7. culture
  8. communicators

Original Text

But ironically, this situation has empowered all of us, because we are considered, as artists, central to the cultural, political, social discourse in Iran. We are there to inspire, to provoke, to mobilize, to bring hope to our people. We are the reporters of our people, and are communicators to the outside world. Art is our weapon. Culture is a form of resistance. I envy sometimes the artists of the West for their freedom of expression. For the fact that they can distance themselves from the question of politics. From the fact that they are only serving one audience, mainly the Western culture. But also, I worry about the West, because often in this country, in this Western world that we have, culture risks being a form of entertainment. Our people depend on our artists, and culture is beyond communication.

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