Art, political injustice, social injustice, poorer classes, Donald Trump, border crossing, Amy Pleasant, Artists as Activists : Pursuing Social Justice, Halsey, woman's march, global influence, equality, Megan Rapinoe
"Some might say that the world is a mess right now. Others point out that it could be worse. In our war torn world, it depends on who you are and where you live". That's how the article from the Huffington Post, called "Artists as Activists : Pursuing Social Justice" and written by Amy Pleasant, starts. These few sentences say it all : it depends... The first picture of the article represents a family, wanting to cross a border, probably the American one, if we look at the eagle, the symbol of the country.
[...] Though some minorities are more affected by injustice than others. Poor classes are not really a minority, but in some ways, they could be considered as one : they don't look like the people in power, they are faced with injustices, and they are not often represented. Also, some other minorities can be, or are poor because they are part of a certain minority (for example, precarious jobs are often accomplished by migrants). Minorities are often represented by art, because their situation raises interrogation, awareness, and that's probably the goal. [...]
[...] Artists can have a big influence on people. To conclude, we can come back to President Kennedy's quote.: We must never forget art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth Art does not lie, it can't, because artists take the society as an example to express themselves. It's not a form of propaganda as people choose whether to respond to art or not. Indeed, the viewer -of art- has to be responsive in order for it to have an impact. [...]
[...] The tattoo could suggest it's owner's rebellious modernity, showing that the scene is fairly recent in time (this century). Also, the arm looks like it could belong to a woman. It would be a paradox, showing that modernity is not equally accessible to all (women). To finish, the canary, perched on top of the bird cage, looks like it's taunting us, indeed looking directly at the viewer, as if it was talking to us. I can fly whenever, wherever I want to. I'm free from social expectations. [...]
[...] They cross the border because they have to, it's a dead or alive situation, otherwise they probably wouldn't do it. The picture, as the two other ones of the article, were made to provoke, to strike a reaction, a debate, maybe some angriness. The second one, The Sunshine State by Justyne Fischer, is just as disturbing as the first one. It reflects on the American society, which in some states, remains profoundly racist. Black young men are getting killed and no one cares. [...]
[...] According to the author, Ben Okri, in that place lived lots of poor people, probably because the rents were not too high. The author takes a really accusatory tone. Was the building respecting security norms? Possibly not. Okra is targeting someone, maybe the government or the owners of the building, who apparently thought that the poor, specifically because they are poor, don't deserve as good conditions of living as rich people. Make society better After winning the Women's Soccer World Cup with the American team, the soccer player Megan Rapinoe declared feel like it's everybody's responsibility to use whatever platform they have to do good in the world, and to try to make our society better, whether you're an accountant or an activist or an athlete or whatever it is. [...]
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