Issue Six

Political Art

We wanted to see how artists respond to and engage with their communities to instigate change and progression. Social art referring to the work of artists that use their skills to help promote and improve communities or affect social change. The role art plays in society has been tested over recent years, in particular the question of the role art education plays in the schooling curriculum, many schools in the UK cutting the hours students engage in creativity in favour of academic learning. With this next section of the magazine we want to look at artwork and artists that engage in societal issues and make a case for the benefits art can bring to communities and society as a whole. 

In an age where community seems at the back of public agenda, and where the introduction of the smartphone and social media have toar apart conventional social norms, belittling physical conversation and creating a life lived through a screen we wanted to focus our attention on artwork that strengthens constructive public discourse. We take a look at artists whose work examines issues of race, sexuality and censorship, Gilles Dusabe’s work ‘Blackness and blackness’ examines the genetics of human skin and looks at race as a social construct, and the common labels placed by the oppressor throughout history. Haley Hansen’s work addresses social and political conversations surrounding the body, sexuality, consent and censorship. Both Dusabe and Heansen using photography as a medium to communicate their ideas, drawing the viewer’s attention through powerful imagery to investigate further.