Author Sali

31.05.2019 12:17

Should we separate art from politics?

Should we separate art from politics?

Should we separate art from politics?

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"The conflict between art and politics cannot and must not be solved."
Hannah Arendt

Throughout history, many of the most influential artists have also been prominent activists, and many still continue to claim that it is every artist’s responsibility to have an impact on the world with their work, that they need to speak up for what they believe in. However, that kind of engagement from artists is often - and probably increasingly so today - met with a negative response, people claiming that artists should stick to their craft and not meddle with politics. In the most recent examples, the question keeps reappearing when it comes to performing in countries involved in controversial political situations or Hollywood actors using their platform to protest injustice in politics.

 

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Should we separate art from politics?

PROS

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Yes, artists - especially musicians, dancers and actors - are first and foremost entertainers, so they should stick to their craft indeed and let politicians and the civil society do their job.

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Freedom of expression is one thing but artists shouldn't limit their performances for political reasons: it's their job, they need any money they can get as they generally don't get paid a lot, so boycotting a country can be detrimental for them.

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No - art shapes the way we think, it's directly linked to politics as they're both big parts of our lives. If it wasn't for artists' activism, some people wouldn't even know about some very important issues in their society and politics, as they primarily consume art and artists' words. So it's a valuable platform that needs to be used, although I'm not sure we should get angry if they don't.

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No we shouldn't. Artists are people too, so why should we limit their right to express their political opinion or make statements?

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Totally disagree

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