Creative activism – Introduction
The aim of this course is to explore the potential of creative activism, by developing a lateral thinking and creative strategies through the lectures and workshops, followed by weekly challenges.
Creative activism refers to a type of art which takes the shape of a protest. Usually creative activists refer to a wide range of problems which include the well being of the human. The issues that are being discussed cover a wide range of issues such as human rights, racism, poverty, environmental health, power and more other.
The aim of these creative acts is to inspire people to act, by creating provocative forms of expression like articles, images, art, discussion etc.
Creative activists are change makers – they turn their ideas into action in order to create awareness on important issues and to make this world a better place. Here are some creative activists who seek to ignite positive change.
If you wonder what fuels creative activism, here is the answer: inspiration is the key. Inspiration means everything that surrounds you, your personal experiences, injustices that you’ve learned about, your concerns about the future, your desire for a better world. So every one of us can make a change, everyone of us has something to say, something that bothered you at a certain moment in your life. We can all become involved in this process of making positive changes for a better world.
Here is a guide for creative activists who are at the beginning of their way.
Here is a story that proves the fact that every small act counts, even if it seems to be unnoticeable or even if it doesn’t make that point well:
The avant- garde is to know your cause and your benefits and to use it in your advantage. Every organization, either big or small has as a principal purpose to enlarge their base of appeal and to reach their message, by introducing in more traditional forms of organization this notion of culture. Here we have an example of a School for Creative Activism. One of the participants of this project declares that: “While I always believed that the creative was the way to go, I now have an historical and social/theoretical framework through which to articulate it, to share it, to give it legitimacy, and to give myself confidence.”
As part of the first workshop, we were introduced to our first task. We had to create an image that provokes people to think about one of the issues that concerns me. Here are some of the issues that I thought about:
So, after a close look I decided that I should focus on violence, an issue which become global a long time ago. I decided to restrict the circle, so I focused on youth violence, an issue which become more a health public concern in the same measure as any other type of crime. Youth violence includes various behaviors. Some violent acts—such as bullying, slapping, or hitting—can cause more emotional harm than physical harm. Others, such as robbery, assault, or rape, can lead to serious injury or even death.
So after reading more articles about how to understand young offenders or the problem and its potential solutions I realised that in our contemporary society, many of the violent acts made by young teenagers have as an aim the irony of the police or of the society. This is mostly due to the fact that teenagers are over policed and they are seen by society as threatening, because of their rebellious attitude, even if their acts are not harmful in most of the cases. In this picture, I wanted to emphasise how young teenagers are trying to portray an act of violence, mocking police forced entry in some cases.