Rowman and Littlefield International


Art, Labour and Activism

Edited by Paula Serafini, Jessica Holtaway, Alberto Cossu

Publication date:

15 November 2017

Length of book:

274 pages


Rowman & Littlefield International

ISBN-13: 9781786601889

artWork: Art, Labour and Activism brings together a variety of perspectives on contemporary cultural production and activism in order to interrogate how the concepts of art, labour and activism intersect in practices for social change. What can we learn about contemporary art and politics by looking at the intersections between art, labour and activism? What theoretical tools can help us arrive at a deeper understanding of these intersections?

In order to address these questions, this collection explores the role of art as activism, the use of social media and technology in creative production and organising, the politics of artmaking, the commodification of culture and the possibility of a creative commons, and the work of artist activists as educators. In addition to offering a variety of new perspectives from researchers and practitioners, it proposes new paths towards interdisciplinary research in this field that combine sociological, anthropological, philosophical and art theory perspectives. It will be of interest to students and scholars interested in creative labour, social movements and political arts practice.
artWORK: Art, Labour and Activism represents an important contribution to emerging debates about contemporary socially engaged art produced in the wake of new forms of global protest and resistance over the past decade. It will do much to further advance this debate, especially through it’s close attention to the complex imbrication of art practice and social movements across a range of geo-political contexts, from Argentina to Spain to Egypt to the UK and beyond.