Since substance abuse is one of the major problems in most countries all over the world, many organizations and institutions, both private and public sectors, have launched a campaign or have created policies to have a drug and alcohol-free environment. For example, most companies purchase a drug testing kit to test their existing and future employees. Other organizations and communities, on the other hand, use different approaches in spreading awareness not only about drugs and alcohol but also about other issues like violence and racism.
Do you know that art had been used by many artists to express their disgusto against politics, oppression, violence, and racism?Art is not just to adorn the eye, as a decoration set in your home or office. Art gives more justification to life.
Art that Speaks About Violence and Racism
DIEGO RIVERA. For instance, Diego Rivera along with other Mexican muralists in the early 1920s used their art creations as an instrument to express their views, ideas, and sentiments concerning the oppression. Their message reached both the learned to the uneducated individuals and has gotten global acknowledgment or recognition.
PABLO PICASSO. When the world found out about the outrageous and dreadful fact concerning the bombing of Guernica, Spain by the Nazi Luftwaffe in 1937, Pablo Picasso retorted with his oil painting entitled Guernica. It demonstrated the misery, suffering, and distress of people strained by turmoil and violence. This mural-sized painting was his finest creation against the war.
LEON GOLUB. Between 1972 and 1974, Leon Golub created the Vietnam II, a succession of three enormous paintings portraying disapproval and objection against the Vietnam War. He was against war ever since the 1960s but he didn’t depict it in his artworks openly until Senator McGovern, an anti-war senator, loss the presidential election against Richard Nixon in 1972.
Art as a Weapon used by many Social Activists
Art has existed even long before. The art communities used and still use art as a weapon for social change and justice. In the 20th century, Theodore Adorno, one of the greatest and distinguished philosophers and social critic, wrote that “Every work of art is an uncommitted crime”.
“Every work of art is an uncommitted crime”. – Theodore Adorno
This may be interpreted that art itself defies the status quo. One can say that art is dogmatic or political in a way because it takes place publicly and involves or engrosses a current philosophy and prevailing discussion, discourse, or argument. During the course of the history of social movements and rebellion, art has always countered or responded to violence, oppression, prejudice, discrimination, and injustice.
Art is the expression of the soul, the medium of communication of suppressed voices. It had been for many generations in various areas of the world.
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