Consumption: Silencing the Voice of Art



Throughout history the injustices saw in the world were painted onto canvases, molded through sculptures, photographed and re-depicted through films, and books. Art has served as an outlet for the oppressed and silenced, which has resulted in some being silenced themselves. However, art is not solely a form of activism, but it also serves as an outlet for entertainment, therapy and consumption. The inclusion of art into mass consumption is also reflective of a country's development.


When China reopened its doors to the world several changes occured, which included the art scene. Propaganda art was slowly coming to a halt and contemporary art began to take the lead into a new era of art in the country. Of course an artist must tread the line carefully on how far they took this radical new art form in the Middle Kingdom. The introduction of contemporary art has brought a new sense of speech by blending Western techniques with aspects of traditional art and history.


Now Chinese artists in an age of mass consumption and social connectivity face a new dilemma. Should they stay true to the stylistic and individual voice in their art or adapt to the era of consumption. The artist's dilemma has always been to remain passionate while putting bread on the table, and for many this is possible with some sacrifice. China has gone through great lengths to back the art scene with capitalism as the primary object and this has pushed artists to re