Exhibited works by young and graduate, domestic and foreign artists deal with the topic of refugees in broader sense, from the point of history, religion or status of some countries, but also the understanding of today’s politics through the eyes of the young people. Diversity of the artists will bring different reflection of political crisis from different part of the world. Even though the artists are not experts on the issue of political crisis they express their personal feelings and opinions and confront them with those of the audience. The aim of this art exhibition is to create a dialogue between people, discuss the current function of political art and how it can help develop the understanding of some individuals or change their opinion on current political crisis matter.
Exhibited artists; Gemma Douglas, Antonio Fernandez, Kiriaki Hajiloizis, Zecheng Hao, Navi Kaur, Tuschara Kiewpukdee and Frances Taylor.
Politics is one of the fundamental social values which helps to change the history of its essential character. Politics and art influence each other. They use their properties to highlight those social phenomena and events that over time become important historical milestones. Many artists would claim political art no longer exists or that it has any importance within society, whereas many claim all art is political. Political art is trying to provoke a reaction and thereby to inspire further action.
Visual arts and performances provide a platform for artist, enabling him to emphasize what was unspoken, ignored, censored or silenced in society. But what exactly is political art and what function political crisis we are facing today, armed conflicts, extreme poverty, tough regime. This question been open to debate many times, the scattering of its meaning is quite wide and is related to the political development of the state.
The GAP Arts Project is a city centre arts space dedicated to supporting, producing and promoting young people’s creativity in all its forms. Led and programmed by young people, it provides a ‘gap’ for exploration, collaboration and creative meaning-making, and for the building of resilience and community.