How Artists Avoid Cultural Appropriation

This video addresses how artists use cultural appropriation, and explores ownership of stories represented by visual artists. Topics covered include what the difference is between representation and appropriation, the power of personal narratives, showing classic stories, and more.

Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Deepti Menon and Cat Huang.

Video Walkthrough

  • Cultural appropriation when an artist takes facets of another culture to use for their own purposes.
  • What is the difference between appropriation and representation?
  • Artists & Black Lives Matter
  • Banksy’s identity is not known, but is known as a white male.
  • Many white artists are asking how they can contribute to the Black Lives Matter movement through their artwork.
  • Banksy’s written statement on Black Lives Matter.
  • To support black artists, purchase their artwork, that’s meaningful to black artists!
  • Kadir Nelson’s New Yorker cover, Say Their Names
  • Is there a way to truly honor and respect another person’s culture?
  • Representing another person’s culture takes a significant amount of research that is challenging.
  • Dina Velikovskaya‘s references to tribal art & music.
  • Petroglyphs in Utah.
  • Controversy over the representation of groups of people as animals in Art Speigelman’s Maus.
  • Lotte Reineger & revolutionary cut paper animation techniques

Films mentioned

Books mentioned

  • Maus, Art Spiegelman

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