Art, Capitalism and Crisis by Brooklyn artist Giselle Zatonyl, first appeared last month on Critical Eyes, “a blogging collective that focuses on image politics through a critical lens.” Drunk in a Midnight Choir is reposting this article with the permission of the managing editor, Tamara Cedre.
Many crises currently face the world; income disparity, vast social and economic gaps, depletion of natural resources; all consequences of irresponsible Capitalism. Art is not exempt: growing price tags, number of art students, art schools, artworks. All sustained by an education structure designed to benefit a few, widen wealth gaps and consume art’s fertile ground of innovation. Capitalism is a political system with deep roots in inequality. Its snowballing effect, a cancer; an almost unstoppable force that relies on its own growth. As a critical, solution-oriented artist, I intuitively seek to defend the field of Art from its damages. Continue reading