I am a feminist, does that make my art feminist by default? If my artwork is specifically feminist, is it still art or does it become propaganda?
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Colour is a powerful communication tool, and the first thing we register when we look around. Recognising the language of colour is a key to survival.
To get people to reject an idea by suggesting that the same idea is shared by groups that they despise is an established propaganda technique.
If the public feels that by encouraging feminist art it participates in something important for humanity, funding it won’t be a problem.
Smith wasn’t interested in how things were, but in how they should be. He attacked greed and defended moderation, decency and justice.
Art is always political. It exists within a context and uses elements that have a historical, political and social dimension.
Most artists through history have produced art that has been homogenous, conformist and compliant.
The arts world is a reflection of its surroundings. Academics and artists have internalised the needs of the system that they live in.
It is essential for people to distinguish between the insignificant and the essential. But in the current context it is very difficult to discriminate.
Our advanced capitalist market economy is based on the relationship between supply and demand and on specialised production of goods and knowledge.
In Plato’s and Aristotle’s time, art had a social function. Today we are used to art for art’s sake.
It has to be possible to distinguish between what is art and what is not for any theory of art to exist.
Having to go back to work is one of the main causes for mothers to stop breastfeeding or not even start.
I noticed that the merits of women and the merits of men were not measured equally, even when they were the same. Expectations varied too.
The ones that consider themselves superior see the ones that they consider inferior as animals or objects, and themselves as ideals of perfection.
When I worked as a life guard I didn’t tell anyone how they were supposed to swim. Why do people think it is normal to tell a woman in labour when to push?
Confusing desires with rights has its roots in early marketing, when it was still called propaganda and had just been invented.
In The Art of Commitment I defend that the function of art is political and that it is used to serve the interests of the market economy.