Oh, paint me a picture (of global north-south inequality)
I’ve always been interested the way art interacts and informs development and vice-versa. Something that should probably happen more often.
One case in point is the work of Uruguayan modernist Joaquín Torres-García. He created a simple but effective sketch “Upside-down Map” (1943) that could say more about the ‘developing world’ than 100’s of policy reports.
Torres-Garcia was interested in presenting to the world a modern “school of the south,” a place of experimentation that could rival what was happening in Paris or New York. For more info see here.
The development industry (or should that be community? I never know) is always talking about voice – about allowing those from the developing coutnries of this world to get heard and to portray their stories. Surely art is a evocative and expressive way of achieving this goal?