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Nov 10
10:00 - 13:00
Art and Politics
Short courses at Medway

Date: Saturday 10 November 2018, 10:00-13:00

Medway Campus

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This seminar will explore the interaction of art and politics and focus on how art is used by politics and politics by art. Artists whose works address the political, often use radical approaches and techniques to communicate their ideas.

Students will investigate what makes a piece of art "political" and whether art can catalyse political change?

We will explore the position of art and artists under a number of different political regimes of the 20th and 21st centuries, including banned and confiscated art works by Emil Nolde during the Third Reich to post-war works of Pablo Picasso. We will investigate Diego Rivera Marxist murals in Mexico, the Cold War context of Jackson Pollock's drip paintings as well as the visual art works of Iranian practitioner Shirin Neshat.

In case-studies students will analyse the inherent tension between free expression and ideology, the aims of the artist and the exigencies of politics. Since the turn of the 21st century, contemporary artists have increasingly engaged with some of the most pressing issues facing our world and their art has taken a distinctly political turn. The course aims to give students an overview of political art works from mid 1930s until 2010.

 Additional information

This seminar is for everyone who has an admiration for art and an interest in art history.

There will be discussion activities during the course. 

 About the tutor

Dr Katia Mai holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Sussex and an MA in Art History, Classical Archaeology and Pre- and Early European History from the Georg-August-University in Göttingen, Germany. Her PhD explored the traceable influence of paintings and sculptures on contemporary photography and its embedment in the wider art world. Her current academic research interests focuses on the history, theory of photography and the influence of photographic aesthetics in the fine arts from Realism until Postmodernity.


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