1. Working Title: Art and Revolution
2. Topic /Area chosen: The topic or the chosen are for the work for the assignment is the role of the art in the context of the social involvement and the relative influence of the art towards the political revolution. The important of the issue is manifold and from the perspective of an African artist, the paper will highlight the effect or the impact of the art towards the political and the social development in the continent and the afro community that persist throughout the world (Raunig 2007). The numerous research and the studies regarding the history of the art objectifies the strong connection or the link among the revolution and the art. From the instances of the French revolution regarding the movements of the civil rights, the artists have always been the medium of the hart from the context of the revolution.
3. Visual Culture: The role of the artists and their law in the society is varied. This is because art is a visual culture or a representation leading to the expression and the communication of some of the great ideas in multiple forms. The context of the art by the artists is generally used for initiating spiritual and ideas related to philosophy. The presence of art is generally granted and considered in all the aspects of the human activity and the culture (Wofford 2017). As per the role of the art in the society, it plays in expression of the emotions and the struggles of the society that the artist exists within. The art tends to inspire the society and the aspects of the social problems (Freund 2016). Across the historical cultures and the epochs, there lies one of the strong relation or connection among the arts and the politics. Responding to the contemporaneous events and the politics, the context of the art of the artists reveals the political and the social dimension together with the controversy and the force of the politics and the social change.
4. Relevance to Your Work: Throughout the history, the forms of the art has gone through some of the periodic and abrupt changes and challenges for the transformation and the rebuilding of the society, Termed as generally the artistic revolution, the role of the art specially in the underdeveloped and the developing countries like the African continent simultaneously tend to express the values regarding the current culture with the offering of the related criticism, balance that influenced and lead to abrupt and deemed revolutions (Dawson, Martin and Sikor 2016). The art tends to take a lot of differences .In context to the relevancy towards the work and the assignment, many of the movements in the history of the art and the artists have initiated o tried towards making some of the major changes in the society in one way or the other. The artist, Fluxus illustrated towards the promotion of revolutionary flood and the tide by his art through the promotion of the living art and the anti arts. Furthermore, Situationalist International played some of the major revolutionary events which took the form of protest while addressing the political and the social issues with some of the direct actions.
5. Case Studies : In the assignment on the context of the influence of art on the revolution in the African countries. In the article titled, 'Art and Revolution: The Life and Death of Thami Mnyele, South African Artist' by author Diana Wylie and reviewer, Christopher Lee, the author illustrated the art and the context of the biographical turn in south Africa. Divided in light of the main chapters the article or the chapters of the book of 'Art an Revolution' begins with the illustration of the social milieu towards the birth of the artist (Sorokin 2017). The chapter explained traces of childhood, adolescence and context of the early adulthood in case of the township of the country. Further analysis regarding the artistic vision towards the broad political and the deep personal influence of the art has been noted in the chapters (Boettcher et al. 2015). The black consciousness that influenced the political and the artistic thought and the effect towards the revolution and the form of the vulnerability in the context of the political background.
6. Critical Contexts : The context of the essay revolves and encircles around the experience of the apartheid in the context of the south African artists during the period of 1970s and 1980s. Some of the contemporary artists of the African continents included Cheri Samba, EI Anatsui, William Joseph Kentridge and Nnenna Okore who was involved in the context of the politics and their arts were related to the revolution.
In the current century, the contemporary African artists are playing some of the distinct role models in revealing the explanation and the story of the revolution and the protest in the continent of Africa (Nochlin 2018). Numerous African movements related to the human rights and the discrimination of the afro community has been raised in the context and the influence by the famous arts which gave the people of the community and the nation to raise their voice. The dynamic and the innovative art thus creates incredible opportunity for the community as a whole.
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Raunig, G., 2007. Art and revolution. Transversal Activism in the Long Twentieth Century, 98.
Sorokin, P., 2017. Social and cultural dynamics: A study of change in major systems of art, truth, ethics, law and social relationships. Routledge.
Wofford, T., 2017. Afrofutures: Africa and the Aesthetics of Black Revolution. Third Text, 31(5-6), pp.633-649.