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    STUDIA EPHEMERIDES - Issue no. 2 / 2011  
         
  Article:   THE ARTIST AS A POLITICAL ACTIVIST. THE ARTISTIC AUTHENTICATION OF THE SOCIAL FACT.

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  Abstract:  The works of art, as productive forces, cannot be delimited from the social ones, therefore the work of art is subordinated to the social laws, according to the terminology set out by Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe. There is no conceptual dissolution between art and society and the artistic production is shaped, even in a latent way, by social production. But there is a relationship between society and art that permanently tries to balance the two forces, i.e. to mediate and to negotiate the antagonisms resulting from the dispute over hegemony. The mediator is the artist himself, the only one who has civically and artistically assumed rights and obligations. The artist is the one who decides when to place himself within or outside society and he claims his statute according to where he stands between these coordinates.

Keywords: art, artist, political activism, society, mediator
 
         
     
         
         
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