1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Art and Activism in the Twenty-First Century

Edited By Lesley Shipley, Mey-Yen Moriuchi Copyright 2023
    380 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Art and Activism in the Twenty-First Century brings together a wide range of geographical, cultural, historical, and conceptual perspectives in a single volume of new essays that facilitate a deeper understanding of the field of art activism as it stands today and as it looks towards the future.

    The book is a resource for multiple fields, including art activism, socially engaged art, and contemporary art, that represent the depth and breadth of contemporary activist art worldwide. Contributors highlight predominant lines of inquiry, uncover challenges faced by scholars and practitioners of activist art, and facilitate dialogue that might lead to new directions for research and practice. The editors hope that the volume will incite further conversation and collaboration among the various participants, practitioners, and researchers concerned with the relationship between art and activism.

    The audience includes scholars and professors of modern and contemporary art, students in both graduate and upper-level undergraduate programs, as well as artists, curators, and museum professionals. Each chapter can stand on its own, making the companion a flexible resource for students and educators working in art history, museum studies, community practice/socially engaged art, political science, sociology, and ethnic and cultural studies.

    Chapter 17 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com

    Section I: Public Space and Protest


    1. A Collectography of PAD/D, a 1980s Activist Art Collective, and its Legacy in 21st-Century Activist Art and Scholarship
    2. Gregory Sholette

    3. Aesthetics of Reciprocity: Socially Engaged Art in China and Hong Kong
    4. Mai Corlin Frederiksen

    5. Guided Horizontality in Art Resistance Platforms in Hungary Since 2010
    6. Izabel Galliera

    7. Instructions Within: Art as Liberation Praxis in the Arab World
    8. Maymanah Farhat

    9. Shattering Glass Ceiling: Art and Activism in Thailand since 2020
    10. Thanavi Chotpradit

    11. 1 to 1: Media and Public Mourning through Temporary Tactical Memorials
    12. Daniel Tucker

      Section II: Gender and Visual Sovereignty


    13. Reel/Real Resurgence: Pasifika Women Filmmakers and Media Activism
    14. Jennifer L. Gauthier

    15. The Visual Politics of Queerness on the Navajo Nation
    16. Louise Siddons

    17. Zeke Peña: Illustrating Chicanx Environmental Justice Histories in the Rio Grande Watershed
    18. Jennifer Garcia Peacock

    19. Reproductive Justice and Visual Activism
    20. Tamar Carroll

    21. Be Otherwise, 13 Acts of Resistance
    22. Anonda Bell

      Section III: Racial and Restorative Justice


    23. Historical Memory in Contemporary African American Activist Photography
    24. Mary Trent

    25. A Series of Transitions: an interview with members of What Would an HIV Doula Do?
    26. Andy Campbell

    27. Abolition Art: Contemporary Imaginings against the Carceral State
    28. Rebecca Zorach

    29. let them tell it: Black southern women's retrospection within the works of Remember2019
    30. Arielle Julia Brown

    31. La Vivienda Es La Cura: Latinx Art, Politics, and Housing Justice in East Boston
    32. Anthony Romero

    33. Atomized Solidarity and New Shapes of Resistance: Visual Activism in South Africa after Apartheid
    34. Kylie Thomas

      Section IV: Community Care and Advocacy


    35. With a Camera and a Tape Recorder: Through Positive Eyes, the AIDS Pandemic, and the Politics of Identification
    36. David Gere

    37. For Foul-Mouthed Activists: Disobedience as Care Work in African Social Practice Art
    38. Nomusa Makhubu

    39. Activating Vulnerability: On Artivism in Colombia’s Precarious Peace Process
    40. Ana María Reyes

    41. A View from the Future: Activist Artists, Writers, and Filmmakers Turn to Science Fiction to Address the Climate Crisis
    42. Lisa E. Bloom

    43. Amplifying Our Voices Through Public Art
    44. Michelle Angela Ortiz

    45. What’s it all About, Alfie?

    Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud


    Lesley Shipley is Associate Professor of Art History at Randolph College.

    Mey-Yen Moriuchi is Associate Professor of Art History at La Salle University.