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Bruised, Battered and Bolstered

CHOI JEONG HWA, Air/Air, 2012, outdoor installation of 15,000 interlocking pink and green plastic baskets that was 

commissioned for the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF), 2012. Photo by Robert Frith. Courtesy PIAF.

In recent months, artworks both historical and contemporary have suffered from hostility that even manifested itself in episodes of violence. Amid social unrest following the ousting of Maldives’ president Mohamed Nasheed, early on the morning of February 7, a mob of suspected religious extremists broke into the National Museum in Male and destroyed beyond repair 30-odd

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