Art as a vehicle for social change

March 8, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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(Photos courtesy of Art Works for Change)
Laylah Ali, Untitled, Ink and watercolor pencil on paper, 2002.
Miri Nishri, Esther-Queen of the Swamp, Video projection with audio, 2009.
Susan Plum, Luz y Solidaridad, installation, 2006.
Hung Liu, From the Field, Oil on wood panel, 2008.
Gabriela Morawetz, J'ai reve que. . .(I have dreamed that. . .), from The Sleeping Self series, Photographic transfer, emulsion.
Miwa Yanagi, Tsumugi, from the Grandmother series, Chromogenic prints, 2003.
Yoko Ono, Cut Piece, video still of performance, 2003.

An exhibition currently at the Chicago Cultural Center explores the nature of violence against women. Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art is also an example of how artists work toward social change.

It begs the question: Is art an effective tool for advocacy? Eight Forty-Eight invited two guests to discuss this issue. Patricia Evans is a photographer in the exhibition. Her recent work looks at the aftermath of rape. She’s also documented Chicago’s public housing and public works projects.

Abraham Ritchie is Senior City Editor of ArtSlant in Chicago. Tuesday, Evans and other artists in the show will take part in a panel discussion Art and Civic Engagement. The panel is presented by The Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media. Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art was created and produced by Art Works for Change.