In our chaotic world of co-opted imagery, does art still have power?
This provocation features on the dustjacket of Seeing Power, by writer and curator Nato Thompson, who throughout this book investigates the impact of this flood of imagery means for those committed to socially engaged art and activism. Thompson discusses the work of some of the most innovative artists and activists on a world stage, in addressing the question of how artists can find their voice and make change when follded by images and information. Thompson further addresses the potential difficulty in discerning truth among information flowing out of a ceaseless capitalist consumerist machine, which has appropriated methods of grassroots political organizing and social networking. Thompson mentions and praises institutions that empower their communities to both see and reimagine power. The book is written in a very clear, engaging voice, with fascinating examples and case studies throughout. Information is presented in easily digestible sections, with a clear flow. Relatively slim at 164 pages of text, nonetheless it provides a solid primer for the field.
Seeing Power; Art and Activism in the 21st Century