“Art has its own power in the world, and is as much as force in the power play of global politics today as it once was in the arena of cold war politics”
– Boris Groys
The role of art and design across all cultures has always played a powerful role in how society has behaved, dressed and viewed the world. It is for this important reason that creative practitioners hold an immense power and responsibility to ensure that the works that they create are those which are ethically moral. For a work created by an artist that circulates amongst the masses has the ability to influence the entire audience’s perspective and actions.
This is why at the Creative Sensitivity project, we believe that it is important for emerging designers and artists to ensure that when portraying / taking inspiration from different cultures, especially minorities, to do so with the utmost sensitivity; carrying out as much prior research as possible.
It is a fine line between cultural appropriation and inspiration, but it is important to serve justice and respect to the cultures that inspire you but ensuring that the meanings and values behind their cultures are not stripped whilst their imagery is appropriated as “a pretty pattern”.
For you have the power to end the fetishisation of these cultures in the mass media, to end the cultural misappropriation from these cultures and to end misrepresentation of marginalised groups.
Sign the petition standing against cultural misappropriation: