Saturday, February 26, 2011

Art Replacing the Media

Using various forms of art and expression, artists are addressing today’s atrocities. Helen Doyle‘s film, Les Messagers (The Messengers), is one movie with a mission: it is a 2003 documentary that follows six artists whose work denounces war and barbarity. Produced by InformAction, the film is about the Muslim experience in the siege of Sarajevo.

Founded in 1971, InformAction is a Canadian company that produces documentaries on such powerful and disturbing subjects as rape, madness and war. It thus promotes art that carries strong social or political messages. Film in particular is an influential art form that can replace the media by communicating factual information or new perspectives on current events.

For a glimpse of the varied social and other issues skillfully addressed in film, see InformAction’s website here.