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Art can create a safe space for tough talk

Discussions sparked by uncomfortable art can lead people to see different viewpoints and learn to handle disagreements respectfully

Art often makes headlines for making viewers uncomfortable.

But uncomfortable art can also create a comfortable and safe space for viewers to share their own experiences, often in the public intimacy of the post-show discussion.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 01, 2018, with the headline 'Art can create a safe space for tough talk'. Print Edition | Subscribe