"Art as a Political Tool" with Charles Tripp and Hayle Melim Gadelha Art Breath, in collaboration with SOAS, will hold a series of events in 2016/17 looking at the intricate relationship between art and politics. Through the lens of art, the themes that will explored throughout the series are: soft power, freedom of expression, street art, gender, identity, conflict, peace building, and many more.
We will have our inaugurating event on Thursday 24 November - in the format of discussion followed by Q&A and a drinks reception.
The topic of discussion is "Art as a Political Tool" and it will highlight both the personal angle of the speakers, why they engage in art and politics; if and why art is a political tool, if and how art can help us to understand politics; why is art a tool used in politics and the relationship between the two notions.
- Prof Charles Tripp: SOAS Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East, he is a specialist on nature of autocracy, state and resistance in the Middle East
- Hayle Melim Gadelha: a career diplomat and the Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of Brazil in the UK
- Nour Saleh: Founder of Art Breath, she is also an artist, designer, writer, and researcher