Art as Socio-political Voice: Feminist and Graffiti Art

By Quynh Nguyen.

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The role of visual art in socio-political life has been well documented in art history. But art has radically become a mode of expression of individual and mass personality’s mental aptitudes after the Second World War in whose climate pop-art came about to challenge the concept of value. In the same manner, the anthropologist-philosopher Foucault rightly put it, “Philosophy should listen to the screams from streets.” In this paper I will only highlight the case of feminist and public mural painting for its “immediacy” and “substantive-ness”. The muralists and the feminists believe that their voice or right must be recognized as social and political force. The painting project RIBBON I have chosen as an excellent case is a collective work (53’x 9’) of Professor Mary Scott’s students in the Department of Art at EPC College, Fall Semester of 2010. Each of these artists has different themes, but together they are united in socio-political climate. The ribbon apparent in their work as a symbol unity expounds a strategy of inter-subjectivity.

Keywords: Socio-Political Life, Mode of Expression, Mental Aptitudes, Immediacy, Substantive-ness, Project Ribbon, Collective Work, Inter-subjectivity

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.367-384. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 7.367MB).

Dr. Quynh Nguyen

Professor, Division of Architecture, Art, Mathematics and Science, EPC College, El Paso, TX, USA

I am a Ph.D holder graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York, with concentrations in Philosophy and Art History. For the past twenty years I taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), Texas Lutheran University at Seguin, TX, The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), Townson University, Towson, MD, and current at EPC College, El Paso, TX. I presented my papers at national and international conferences, such as the XXII World Congress of Philosophy in Seoul, S. Korea, 2008, the Institute of Philosophy, Hanoi, VN, 2005, The World Congress of Education in Hong Kong, 2004, The European Congress of Art Education, 2003, and The World Congress of Education in Brisbane, Australia, 1999. I am a co-author of The Dictionary of Art (1996)to mention just a few, and not including lectures at some American universities. I am the translator of Vietnamese version of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logio-philosophicus, and Husserl’s Cartesian Meditations. I exchanged notes with Jacques Derrida (1998), and am having published my on-going project entitled POWER and FREEDOM on Tienve.org along with other research papers, since 2006 to date. *The exchange of my experience or the experience of the world is but all about perceptions inseparable as bojects of the world. Such experience is stablein a higher and harmonious order, which is precisely the host of constitution (or the process) [Quynh Nguyen’s English version based on Husserl’s original text in German language].

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