What are your thoughts on activist art--that is, politically-themed, social-justice-oriented, and/or resistance art?
This is a tough category for me. On the one hand, when it's done well, I'm really into it. I love art that tells a story and makes you think, and this genre definitely does that. I've always felt strongly about several social justice issues, even more so over the past year. And I've seen many of those themes beautifully or strikingly depicted in art. On the other hand, when it comes to actually buying art, it's hard for me to imagine hanging these pieces in my home. I know I'm lucky to have been born into a privileged life in so many ways, and absolutely do not want to ignore the sad realities that others must face on a daily basis: racism, xenophobia, war, human trafficking, prejudice, poverty, abuse, the list goes on and on. I want to be reminded of the inequities in my country and the world, so I can fight them--but actually hanging those reminders on my walls feels like a step to far for me. (And in terms of resistance art, no matter what I think about the quality of the piece or its commentary, I cannot fathom having the likeness of 45 on my walls. No way, no how.)
All that being said, there are some artists who do amazing things in this genre. Here are a handful that have stood out to me:
Any of you have activist art in your homes? Where do you display it? What do you look for in those pieces? Do you have other activist artists you recommend?