The American artist Tony Cokes is well-known for his socially critical video work, in which he creates texts, images and catchy soundtracks from pop, rock and electronic music. He comments on historical moments, such as the rise of the black freedom- and anti-war movement and the fight for civil- and women’s rights. In his work, Cokes explores how we can relate to the seemingly endless cycle of inequality and oppression in the world. How can that cycle be broken to make way for equality – life as equals? Curator, writer and researcher Irit Rogoff discussed this with Cokes during the opening of his solo exhibition in BAK gallery, just before the gallery had to close its doors.