When Conflict Inspires the Power of Art
If you haven’t heard, we’re dangerously close to World War 3. The United States just dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in history on an ISIS compound in eastern Afghanistan. This comes only 1 week after striking Syria with 59 Tomahawk missiles. But we aren’t here to take sides or talk politics.
The world can be an ugly place. It can be unfair and violent – full of fighting for power, wealth, human rights, anything. Every day, you might see something that you would like to change – things that make you angry – such as corruption, environment problems, inequality, etc. And what do we do when our voices aren’t heard? We come together and take it to the streets. Protests, rallies, street art, propaganda posters, photography, and music have all become an outlet of expression when tensions in the world are high.
Not every artist is moved by beauty. When the world seems to be filled with anger and hate, the most inspiring art is created. And it’s powerful as hell, too. Art has the power of grabbing the attention of those who tend to turn a blind eye when they aren’t directly affected by violence. Art can inspire others to hold on to hope and be the change they want to see. Don’t underestimate the power of art. We’ve created two galleries – one for photography and the other for street art and propaganda posters – as well as a 50 song playlist of protest war songs. This is our favorite art that has been inspired from conflict.