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Our Chief Article Writer Brittany Sutcliffe shares her thoughts on protest.
Of all the endless purposes art has in our personal lives and for society as a whole, one of the purposes I’d like to focus on for a sec is how art can provide a timeline of visual responses to the way society has moulded its image over the years. Right now, we’re seeing a lot of protest. Protest in expectation of equality, the signs now being collected by museums from the recent women’s marches that took place worldwide. Protest against our dependence on tech, the rise in photographers going back to good old-fashioned film. Protest against our leaders, Shia Lebeouf’s anti-Trump installation art. Something all of this is encompassed by is our growing self-awareness. We’re realising we have a voice and we can do something with it.
In a time of such anxiety and uncertainty as the past year, I’m inspired by the sheer volume of people taking discussion and debate forward in solution to any social crisis we’re faced with. No mother, it’s not just a phase. The general consensus? 2016 sucked eggs for a lot of us. I don’t even think the happiest of us can say we’ve had a good year when we’ve all been swamped with the dampening misery that’s come in wake of losing such culturally vital inspirations as Bowie and Michael. If not to us directly then at least seeing our peers or our parents suffer.
All of this talk of time and death has me thinking positively. Where will the future put us? Better yet, where will we put our future? I still have hope, here’s why.
You only learn once you’ve made mistakes. Sure, something you can take on the chin when it comes to your academics or, if you’d like, you can have the Britt-perspective for free; Remain or Leave, Trump or Hillary, life did not come with a manual. Anyone sitting there and saying “see, I told you that it was the right thing to do!”, respect their faith but take comfort in their naivety. Until we can read minds, travel to alternate universes, our crystal balls start working or mind control becomes a thing, we’ve got so much further to go. I’m not saying we can’t get there eventually, I’m just saying that we need to respect the rate at which we’re growing.
Tech can change overnight and whilst that’s great for five minutes on flappy birds, I’m satisfied that people are far more complex. The last thing we need is the next generation of six year olds randomly spouting which horses to bet on and mystically winning millions. We wouldn’t learn anything from it…except that we can finally afford everything we once ticked off in the Argos catalogue come Christmas time. Irrelevant. We’re an adaptable, responsive community. We’re shaping the world in the way we think it would look best but we’re not sure how that picture’s going to look until we see it on the news. Never thought I’d cite Jess Glynn but here we are, “don’t be so hard on yourself”.
Words by Brittany Sutcliffe, Illustrations by Sveinn Snær Kristjánsson