Al Qaida’s dull Osama-lectures in Arabic never had the pizazz of IS’s sleek magazines and certainly not the charisma of their reality-tv snuff films. Their gruesome short films are filmically excellent.
Political Art articles on Democracy Chronicles
These Political Art articles reflect the strong relationship between the arts and politics, particularly between various kinds of art and power, occurs across historical epochs and cultures. As they respond to contemporaneous events and politics, the arts take on political as well as social dimensions, becoming themselves a focus of controversy and even a force of political as well as social change. Also see our main section on Political Art or our extensive articles on World Protest.
War Machine is not a great film, but it does convey some important truths to U.S. audiences
Poetry in a place that regularly ranks towards the bottom in press freedom and free speech
For one entrepreneur Beirut’s Ouzai neighborhood is the perfect canvas upon which to paint dreams
Syrian artist Abdalla Al Omari’s “Vulnerability Series” portrays world leaders as refugees
Two years ago on World Refugee Day, I published a very personal essay about my status as a refugee child, back then, yet what it is like now for refugees and asylum seekers. Today, I publish my own poem.
The novel was selected for the Oprah Winfrey Book Club in 2016, was the winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2017 Carnegie Medal of Excellence, and, recently in April, won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Street art in Puerto Rico has long channeled frustrations about the island’s century-long status
Why Congo’s poor musicians name-drop powerful people like politicians in their tracks
Chalk Girl was arrested for drawing a chalk flower on a wall where people created protest artworks