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Art’s high price for freedom of expression

Mail & Guardian | Stefanie Jason:

 

The African Creative Economy Conference taking place in Morocco this week shines a spotlight on the role of the artist as an agent of change.

 

The African Creative Economy Conference taking place in Morocco this week shines a spotlight on the role of the artist as an agent of change. (Supplied)

“The role of the artist has always been to provoke debate and to raise issues for discussion – even contentious issues,” says Peter Rorvik, creative civil society organisation Arterial Network’s secretary general. “While the function of the artist,” he continues, “has been to precipitate change.”

In a country where cultural resistance towards apartheid was a powerful tool in shaking up the old guard, the artist as a catalyst for change has deep roots in South Africa. But more recently, artists’ works have sparked riots and spurred on debate from South Africa to the United Kingdom…

 

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2018-10-23T17:37:34+00:00