They are the artists-activists of various disciplines who use their creativity to advance a social concern. They are those who hone their skills to deliver radical messages, challenge existing cultural norms, promote liberating ideas, and mobilize the people in a movement for change.
As what anyone among them will say, it’s not an easy thing to do.
Arts in the
In the conference we organized, I met a few of these kind of artists from different parts of the world.
There was the tandem of Marie Boti and Malcolm Guy from Multi-Monde Productions in
They also organized two nights of film showing where I got to meet another filmmaker who documented a fact finding mission on the displacement of people due to militarization in Chattisgarh in
Then there were also the cultural activists from the
Having two left feet, a voice that can only find melody in a group, and hands that did not go beyond drawing Pokwang na nagka-kandirit, I respect and admire artists.
As an activist who have come to learn the importance of such work in the movement for change, I salute the artists who get their inspiration from the people and return it to the people through their arts. Truly, they are people’s artists.
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I wrote this after hearing how seriously-ill a cultural activist I know of is right now. I’ve seen him perform while I was still a starving and struggling student activist but I didn’t get to talk to him in person until he came here in 2005 to be a part of the anti-WTO protests.
His group has made an appeal for financial support on his behalf.
He is an artist. He is gay. He is a comrade.
I sincerely hope he pulls through. For an artist like him is one of a kind.