Activist Art: Art That Works

Helen Klebesadel: A Muse and Her Artist

Activist art is, by definition, historically specific.  It aims to address particular cultural, political and social concerns with a view to producing concrete social change.  It is interesting to me as an artist and an educator how seldom we find an analysis of what makes effective activist art a part of what we teach and learn, especially since we need it now more than ever.

This would seem to be a good time to share some of the features of effective activist art and think about how visual thinkers might better use our training in the current cultural and political dialogs. Given the tenor of our times we all need to bring our best thinking to bear on making visible to the whole voting public the potential consequences of the broad social change proposed by some of our leaders.

Over the years I have looked for the shared qualities of…

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