Performance as Protest: How Can Artists Tackle World Issues?

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Politicians voice their concerns about world issues on major news networks. Civilians take to social media or protest in groups to make their voices heard. Artists, on the other hand, blend performance and media to create pieces that offer interpretive critiques on global affairs.

At its core, performance art is an art form that combines visual art with some aspect of performance. Does it require a stage and a theater? Not necessarily. Ever since the 1950s, contemporary artists have explored ways to make their critiques on political affairs have a larger impact. As technology expands the opportunities for artists to incorporate media into their works, let’s look at the boom of performance art as a protest and see how it has expanded with today’s artists and activists.