In her new video, M.I.A. turns the real-life struggles refugees are facing on a daily basis into a grotesque choreographed journey. This could be quite the statement, if it didn’t risk confusing actual danger with lighthearted entertainment. What’s up with that, M.I.A.?
M.I.A.s work has never shied away from the provocative, though, and as Ruth Saxelby wrote for EB in 2013, “the mainstream needs her flipped finger, if only to provide a little light relief from all the posturing.”