Refugee fo­cus for prize win­ner Kapoor

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ANISH KAPOOR says he will use the $1 mil­lion he has re­ceived for win­ning the pres­ti­gious Ge­n­e­sis Prize to high­light the plight of refugees.

The world fa­mous artist, who was born­inMum­baitoanIraqi-Jewish­motherandIn­di­an­fa­ther,was­namedthe2017 Ge­n­e­sis Prize Lau­re­ate on Sun­day.

Es­tab­lished in 2012, the an­nual award, dubbed the “Jewish No­bel”, hon­ours in­di­vid­u­als who have at­tained ex­cel­lence and in­ter­na­tional renown in their cho­sen fields, and who in­spire oth­ers through their en­gage­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to the Jewish com­mu­nity or Is­rael.

Pre­vi­ous lau­re­ates in­clude Michael Bloomberg,MichaelDou­glasandItzhak Perl­man. It has be­come a tra­di­tion for the win­ners to di­rect the prize money to mean­ing­ful causes they feel pas­sion­ate about.

Mr Kapoor will use his award to help al­le­vi­ate the refugee cri­sis. Anish Kapoor at the Or­bit in Lon­don

One of the most in­flu­en­tial and in­no­va­tive artists of his gen­er­a­tion, Mr Kapoor’s work in­cludes Turn­ing the World Up­side Down at the Is­rael Mu­seum in Jerusalem, Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Mil­len­nium Park and the Or­bit at the Olympic Park in Lon­don.

He also cre­ated the Holo­caust Me­mo­rial for the Lib­eral Jewish Sy­n­a­gogue in Lon­don and the 70 can­dles for Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day in Bri­tain in 2015.

In a state­ment, Mr Kapoor said he had to “speak out against in­dif­fer­ence for the suf­fer­ing of oth­ers”, and added: “Jewish iden­tity and his­tory have wit­nessed re­cur­ring con­di­tions of in­dif­fer­ence, per­se­cu­tion and Holo­caust. Re­peat­edly, we have had to re­pos­sess our­selves and re-iden­tify our com­mu­ni­ties.

“As in­her­i­tors and car­ri­ers of Jewish val­ues it is un­seemly, there­fore, for us to ig­nore the plight of peo­ple who are per­se­cuted, who have lost ev­ery­thing and had to flee as refugees in mor­tal dan­ger.”

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