Building the Artistic Agenda for an Activist Moment
That art and activism go hand in hand is not even a question. There has been no modern freedom struggle without its painters and poets, storytellers and speakers and songwriters. The radical artist’s work in absorbing the nature of the world around them and translating that into tangible objects is vital in helping people make order out of what can seem like chaos. Central to that is their ability to respond to what the people need to carry forward. Art for art’s sake has its place, but its place is not in the movement.