THE ARTS 2

Political Arts and Society

This module is on political art in relation to society, specifically addressing plastic pollution. First we will define what political art actually means, and we will discuss several art pieces. Subsequently, we will discuss three categories of political art: portrayal, projection, and promotion. Finally, students will be asked to assess which of these type of art they perceive to be the most powerful when it comes to addressing plastic pollution

 
 

KEY CONCEPTS: political art, PORTRAYAL, PROJECTION, PROMOTION

 
  • Introduction: what is political art?

  • Portrayal

    • The environment – Banksy

    • Sea globes – Max Liboiron

  • Promotion

    • The parting of the plastic sea – Von Wong

    • Plastic pollution – Bonnie Monteleone

  • Projection

    • Washed up series - Alejandro Durán

  • Conclusion

At the end of the module students

  • Can provide a general definition of political art.

  • Are able to list and discuss the two aims of political art addressing society:

    • Addressing societal issues

    • Raising awareness

  • Can reflect on how these aims often overlap in real life, yet discuss how the distinction provides a useful framework to analyze political art.