Political Art Category

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Thursday 17 July, 2014

Moving Forward: Peju Alatise on Art, Nigeria, and Responsibility #BringBackOurGirls

The story makes the headlines; the people pay attention-they tweet and share and spread the hashtags. Interest wanes, attention’s diverted. The story dies out. But it doesn’t. To the people involved, it doesn’t. On April 15th of this year, Boko Haram, an alleged* terrorist organization in northern Nigeria, kidnapped 230 girls from the Chibok Government Secondary […]


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Monday 20 May, 2013

Art As Re-possession: Ayanah Moor on “The Spaces in Between”

Art can re-posses. The fact is, there is a time to stand out and do your own thing, especially when the decision makers aren’t including your perspectives and experiences in their media, film and creative outlets. But, there’s also a time to re-write and re-interpret the stories that mis-represent or ignore you, put some stank […]


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Sunday 27 January, 2013

Rachel Gichinga on Creative Fire | 30 Days Unchained: Day 18

30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 18 – 1/27/13 | Inspiration: Rachel Gichinga Art is politics; and, it’s the weapon Kuweni Serious uses to, as they say, “fight the evil forces of apathy,” they saw plaguing Kenyan youth in the aftermath of the country’s 2007 elections. Kuweni Serious is a cultural activist organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. Their team […]


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Wednesday 08 August, 2012

Art with a Conscience: Mona El-Bayoumi on Creativity, Egyptian Politics, and being African-Arab

When talking about socially conscious art, which serves a purpose beyond its aesthetic value, a few names come to mind. Mona El-Bayoumi stands among those venerable ranks. An Egyptian-born, Michigan-bred, Washington, D.C.-based artist, Mona exemplifies what it means to be a global artist. Her art is beautiful, but more importantly, it is meaningful. Influenced by […]