ART IMITATING LIFE IMITATING ART: HOW ART IS A REFLECTION OF A WORLD, YET THE WORLD FOLLOWS ARTIST

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“They imitate, we follow, they imitate more.”


imitation of life

When we look at any form of entertainment, we would like to think that a lot of entertainers are original. Yet in reality, we are creating works that is a mere reflection of the world we already live in, that we don’t notice. That is why the work they create resonate so much with us. It’s how you convey art, not trying to more be an inventor, rather an innovator.

Now if you do create something that is original then fine, but very few do. They always adopt some aspect of the artist that influence them over the years. And unless you are deep into art, you don’t quite see it.

why we don’t see it

We go through our daily lives going to work, going to lunch, coming home, and raising children. But the reason we can’t see what the artists see, is because the artist job is to watch you. And the things you ignore or don’t see they reflect it on a canvas, in photography, in music, film, television, and theatre. It’s why emotionally we feel so close to certain works.

We don’t see why it makes us feel good, but the artist is able to reach into the subconscious to pull out the memory even when you don’t remember the place of you emotion.

repeat process

Once the artist has shown the world itself, then what? You must continue to recreate yourself in order to be a force in society. So what you have to do is sometimes anticipate the future based on the current situation. That means trying to convey an image of a world tomorrow rather than today or the past.

That’s important because people always look forward to a better tomorrow. And what better way to showcase a better tomorrow than to the people who need encouragement the most.


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APPROPRIATORS: WHEN CULTURAL APPROPRIATION FEELS UNCOMFORTABLE

“When it goes bad.”


cultural appropriation

What is cultural appropriation? Well, cultural apprpriation is when someone of another culture adopts the look of someone elses’ and writes it off as their own. Now, do they do this on purpose, or is this a blunder that draws criticism?Related image

how it becomes problematic

To me, I don’t think people are doing things that will purposely remove the element of the group. But when are you of a dominant group and where something this tends to happen. For instance if you are a White American.

If you are a White American and wear your hair in corn rows because you might have seen a well-known Black celebrity or friend of yours in this style. Then you draw criticism because now, it’s called boxer braids when you sport it.

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Not only does the name change, but the connotation that comes with it. Because when African Americans do it, it’s considered unprofessional or a thug mentality. But it’s a breakthrough when White Women do it. Is this a lot of White women’s fault, no.

We live in a country where the mainstream media picks up on something and they exploit it more than the single female herself. They push the narrative and it becomes all the rage. Like Miley Cyrus twerking. This was popularized by Black female strippers, but she does it and it becomes the dance of the year.

what do people expect

We all are very protective of our cultures, especially when someone on the outside does something that mirrors what we do. Yet, like I said before, it’s not an intentional move to remove a group’s credibility. And to be honest, it wouldn’t matter if someone does give the proper respect. Society may still run with whoever they like in the end.

But also outside of the giving of just do, you can’t also get made when someone from the outside wears something that they find stylish, but society places a different guideline for the look. Like a Miley Cyrus twerking video. She could say all day where she got it, Kim Kardashian could say corn rows; views will be views.

Yo have to change a social construction of the ideologies behind the differences. You can address the person doing all day, but it’s out of their hands. They (appropriators) can show respect all day, the view is different in the eyes of masses because how people perceive another group of people. Meaning Kim K is not viewed in the same light as when a Black woman in corn rows because the “negative image” of Black women has to shift.


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