When we speak of ‘conflict art’ and ‘conflict arts practice’ we make claim to a visual arts practice by artists and arts organisations who make work that responds to contexts of violent conflict, war, structural and armed violence, and social upheaval.
Conflict arts practice plays a critical role in generating alternative perspectives on conflict, its causes and consequences; encouraging dialogue and diversity; offering new ways of addressing the dynamics and consequences of violence.
\ WAR, VIOLENCE AND SOCIAL UPHEAVAL
There are many definitions of war, violent conflict and social upheaval. Some definitions are based on who is fighting, others on what is being fought over, and others again use the number of dead to determine what term to use. Artraker understands that definitions mean little to those who have experienced the many impacts of large scale violence. We know that war, violent conflict and social upheaval can be illustrated through different media – whether through the written word, images, sound, and importantly, art.