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.
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.
Ciro Di Fiore
- Sanchez Sabogal Lorraine Cleary
O. Yemi Tubi (MOYAT) Tatiana Costa
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
Ciro Di Fiore
Francisco del Mar
Jaira Munoz Zavala
Karen W Sarrow
Yvonne Marie Forster
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
Marcos Gonzalez Cutre
Heinz P. Nitzsche
A. Brooke Dameron