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Murze Visual Arts

Take a look through our visual arts collections. The themes Social, Political and Climate all represent artists using their work to instigate societal and community change. 

 

Social Art

Issue Six | May/June 2019

We wanted to see how artists respond to and engage with their communities to instigate change and progression. Social art referring to the work of artists that use their skills to help promote and improve communities or affect social change. The role art plays in society has been tested over recent years, in particular the question of the role art education plays in the schooling curriculum, many schools in the UK cutting the hours students engage in creativity in favour of academic learning. With this next section of the magazine we want to look at artwork and artists that engage in societal issues and make a case for the benefits art can bring to communities and society as a whole.

In an age where community seems at the back of public agenda, and where the introduction of the smartphone and social media have toar apart conventional social norms, belittling physical conversation and creating a life lived through a screen we wanted to focus our attention on artwork that strengthens constructive public discourse. We take a look at artists whose work examines issues of race, sexuality and censorship, Gilles Dusabe’s work ‘Blackness and blackness’ examines the genetics of human skin and looks at race as a social construct, and the common labels placed by the oppressor throughout history. Haley Hansen’s work addresses social and political conversations surrounding the body, sexuality, consent and censorship. Both Dusabe and Heansen using photography as a medium to communicate their ideas, drawing the viewer’s attention through powerful imagery to investigate further.

Anthony Hou

Cameron Lings

Carina Lomeli

Cate Watson
Ciro Di Fiore

Devon Reiffer

Ellis Angel

George Lovesmith

Gilles Dusabe

Glen Farley

Haley Hasen

Juan Carlos

- Sanchez Sabogal Lorraine Cleary

Nathan Cole
Nicola Rogers
Nina Pancheva-Kirkova

O. Yemi Tubi (MOYAT) Tatiana Costa
Tomoni Shintaku
Vivek Pereira
Yane Wang

 

Climate Action

Issue Five | Mar/April 2019

Climate Change being one of the greatest challenges that faces humanity today is a subject we feel very strongly about, being an arts platform run by young artists. We choose to pursue this topic to see how artists are being responsive to the climate crisis, taking a proactive stance to instigate change.

A. Brooke Dameron

Abigail Latham

Barbara Pollak-Lewis

Beth McCoy

Ciro Di Fiore
Dhiraj Pednekar

Francisco del Mar

Jaira Munoz Zavala

Jo Scheder
June Micklethwaite

Karen W Sarrow

 

Keiraa Chelseandra

Kiel Fletcher
kim kermode
Mark Bleshenski

Michael Gonzales

Miranda Black
Robert Adams
Sarah Kitteridge

Sonny O’Brien
Spike Dennis
Tomaso Marcolla

Yvonne Marie Forster

 

Political Art

Issue Four | Jan/Feb 2019 | Politics Today - Issue Two 2017

The current political landscape seems rife with uncertainty, unpredictability and a certain amount of fragility, 2019 bringing in a new level of political stalemate. From ‘strong and stable’ and ‘brexit means brexit’ to ‘we will make america great again’ and ‘its fake news’ nonsensical political jargon sound bites seem to keep the remnants of the political elite trudging forwards. Corruption and climate change denial would seem to be a precursor for US and UK politics, our politicians, masters in the art of avoidance tactics and in some cases outright lies all in the aid of political gain. This culminating in the increasing selfish attitude of politicians, focusing on inward financial growth evident in Trump’s border wall and Theresa May’s thirst to end free movement.

 

Whether it’s focusing on serious, complex societal problems or touching humour into political issues, it seems the responsibility and relevance of art as a tool to share socio-political issues is very beneficial in inspiring public awareness. We were very interested to see artists creating responsive, challenging work that addresses cultural power structures, social challenges and environmental issues, it’s fair to say the artwork entered to this open call covered a wide variety of these global topics.

O. Yemi Tubi

Jen Bracy

Marcos Gonzalez Cutre

Heinz P. Nitzsche

Sonya Saturday

Lino Azevedo

Timothy Forster

Carol Bergocce

Ian Wolter

Thomas Martin

Katharine Paisley

Foxy Slattery

Thomas Bailey

Martin Okoli

Michelle Peraza

Francesca Castellano

Avital Oehler

A. Brooke Dameron

Tom Herck

Laura Keeling

Ryszard Szozda

Brenda Oelbaum

Johan Jonsson

Heather Beardsley

Sal Jones

Patrick Becker

Matt Withers

Pat Hulin

Massimiliano Azzara

Lawrence Mathias

Keith Plummer

Citizen Grey

Joseph Goddard

Jorine Beck

Jon Purnell 

Ingrid Wells

Ibrahim Gailani

Christopher Larson

Benjamin Nyari

Brian McClear

Blandine Martin

Ben Bird