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Culture, Art, and the Left

Stephanie Gentry-Fernández
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By examining the art of the left, we define and question ourselves as Leftists. In this issue, Left Turn features artists that challenge the current political climate through visual art, dance, and theater.

While choosing different media and working out of different regions of the US, the artists share common themes in their experiences with race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, immigration, health and the environment. Similarly, these artists also document the experiences of communities that are traditionally silenced by the overwhelming reality of multiple and intersecting oppressions.

Featured printmaker/digital artist Favianna Rodríguez, co-editor of the highly anticipated Reproduce & Revolt, says, “As an activist in the 21st century you can no longer be in your activist silo.” In an increasingly global and migrant world, we as activists must constantly expand our own borders and perceptions. Rodríguez and Josh MacPhee edited Reproduce & Revolt as part of the “copyleft,” where readers and viewers are encouraged to copy the images, repeatedly, if possible. Their book is also testament to the power of collaboration and common vision. They, along with Ananya Dance Theatre from Minneapolis and Teatro Luna from Chicago, draw their inspiration—as artists and activists—from people who struggle for change. Together, their common vision is not profit-driven, but rather inspires, mobilizes, and creates hope.

Find out more about Favianna Rodríguez, Josh MacPhee, and Reproduce & Revolt.

Also, visit Ananya Dance Theatre and Teatro Luna.