For decades, art education and artistic practices have interacted with ethical and political questions. The political is often conceived in conflictual terms: separatisms, ethnic, religious or sexual discriminations, immigration issues and border controls, conflicting interpretations of climate change. Politics is a contested space where different interests cross paths. Art and education cannot avoid interrogating these paths but in what ways is their approach to political struggles and ethical dilemmas characterised by a different agenda? How do they propose healthy critiques and forms of connective thinking, reminding us of the forgotten? In this InSEA Seminar we explore art education as an undertaking that draws our attention to cultural tensions and also helps to mould new agencies and meeting places, redefining itself as a social process that not only produces new artifacts but engages directly with living relations. Hosted by the Department of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Malta, this InSEA Seminar welcomes contributions from educators, arts practitioners and art education researchers.
Note: The image shows ‘Position of Opposition (Hands Down)’, a public sculpture by Aaron Bezzina, shown in Valletta in 2015 (photo credit: Elisa von Brockdorff