Art as Vehicles of Propaganda and Dissent in Asian History
Themes of propaganda and/or dissent/lament can be difficult to identify outside of one’s own culture. A tranquil Chinese garden scene may be just the opposite, reinforcing Confucian beliefs in social hierarchies and patriarchal teachings.
As scholars from different disciplines are beginning to work together in new cross-disciplinary fields, we have been discovering more and more cloaked examples in both East and Southeast Asian art. In this introductory talk we examine some ways Asian artists over the centuries have expressed themes of propaganda and lament through a variety of media—murals, paintings, statuary, even ceramics.
Patricia Bjaaland Welch is based in Singapore and is President of the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society.
This event is free and open to all.