The Institute for Experimental Arts sadly announces the death of our founder member David Graeber, a world-famous activist Anthropologist and professor at the London School of Economics.
David Graeber died on 2 September 2020 in a Venice hospital at the age of 59. Just two days before his death, on 31 August, Graeber’s wife tweeted a photo from Venice with the caption of “Venice. Dark, wet and chilly”. Graeber himself had been recently active before the time of his death when he posted a video to YouTube on 28 August saying that he had been feeling “a little under the weather” but that he was also beginning to feel better.
Graeber’s death was confirmed on the morning of September 3 by his wife, tweeted, “Yesterday the best person in a world, my husband and my friend David Graeber died in a hospital in Venice.”
Reactions to Graeber’s death included Ash Sarkar who tweeted that he was “a teacher to so many of us, full of kindness and mischief and patience” while Dalia Gebrial said that he was “a giant and a true comrade”.
All of us the artists and theoreticians from The Institute for Experimental Arts feel devastated by the loss of a great friend and comrade, a wonderful, intelligent, and warm hearted person that offered all his life to the struggle for human emancipation.