You can’t change the laws without changing the images. It is one thing to say we exist; it is another thing to show it. Art is political, art is about activism.
Quote is from a great piece in The New York Times: Lens, Photographing A ‘Difficult Love’ In South Africa by Alexis Okeowo. It is about Muholi’s critical work on portraying the nuance, love, relationship, lives…the humanity of Black lesbians in South Africa. She’s a stellar photographer, critical thinker, activist.
Love this quote; originally shared it on my photography blog.
Yaaay, I just leveled up in watercolors. 9_9
All of this (all the social justice blogging, for lack of a better term) informs my writing. I don’t see how anyone could say their relations and responses to oppression don’t inform their art. For example, silence and an absence of concern is meaningful - it says this person, not examining their actions and thoughts, is constantly getting it wrong - if this is you, you are constantly hurting others.