Academic journals for high school students

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Art as a Tool for Social Activism: An analysis of the use of art to address social, political, and economic issues

Sean Kang

Korea International School


The value of art as a vehicle for social activity cannot be overstated in a society where social, political, and economic challenges continue to impact our culture. This study explores the world of the arts and their extraordinary capacity to deal with these urgent problems. We can see the transforming power of visual arts in bringing about consciousness by looking at the works of artists like Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frida Kahlo, and Shepard Fairey. The essay also looks at the ways in which Ai Weiwei, Joseph Beuys, and Tania Bruguera’s performance arts promote inclusivity and dialogue. It will also look at how Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, and Olafur Eliasson’s installation arts act as catalysts for heightened awareness. Additionally, the digital online platform develops into a cutting-edge setting for artistically motivated social activism thanks to artists like The Yes Men and Molly Crabapple. This paper also reveals the difficulties and constraints art faces as a tool for change, such as censorship, commercialization, and co-optation. We gain an understanding of the intricate relationships between art and social activity by critically examining the effects of these barriers. In the end, this study highlights how important using art in social activism opens the door for additional study and activist work in this dynamic area.

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