Writings on the Wall

Wall art lends colour, humour, and dynamism to our politics, while reiterating our constitutional rights.

Art and politics, apparently far removed from each other, often merge their ways to leave their imprint on each other. Politics is the art of making claim to social reality, and art is an attempt to look through and make sense of the politics of constructing social reality. The social reality that politics seeks to portray is singular in nature, but art looks for the plurality that lies silenced or superseded by the singular political grand narrative. The relation between art and politics is more complex than is apparent. Art is often used as a means of political protest or subversion; at the same time, art is also reduced to a tool of perpetuation of the status quo, a piece of propaganda.

Whether as an instrument of subversion or a tool of perpetuation, all art is political in nature. What qualifies as art and what doesn’t is, more often than not, guided by the prevailing norms and hierarchies of power. Great works of art since ancient times have been either patronised or pulverised by political leaders and rulers to display the power they possessed.

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