Arts & Culture


Art and politics go way back. But now, we’re stepping up the voice of reason with some flair.

/ 4 August 2020

Art can be political—nope—art IS political. A simple Google search will lead you on a countless discussion on whether art should carry political views along with aesthetics. But here’s a clear-cut context behind it all: art and politics intertwine.

Let’s keep it simple by focusing our lens locally. Politics was never in a constant state—it can be grungy, noisy, wavy or perhaps, colorful and then monochromatic. Our society has had its fair share of revolutions over the years rooting from a history of colonialism down to today’s globalization. And within all these movements are different political regimes and with it, art carries influence to society and adapts with its situations.

Take it to the streets and see how rallies happen. Different effigies that resemble or evoke criticisms on the government and then placards that can be witty or designed to focus our attention. Then go on social media and see the different ways people nowadays express their dissent and disappointment. In all these, art is present. It’s all man-made and created to express a voice and evoke a response.

The power of connectivity nowadays, as fueled by the internet, works more than just bridging communications but also brewing discussions. As designs and platforms evolve like the once editorial cartoons limited on newspapers and the significance of street art as mediums of public opinion, today’s art accessibility allows wider influence. Simply click or upload in social media to easily pull in more than desired targets that may even result in virality. A smooth sail for people to easily spark advocacies and generate sensible talks to a wider spectrum.

It’s our time and new fights abound. On the Anti-Terror Bill, ABS-CBN shutdown, Mass Testing, and Pride protests—our local artists take on the forefront of society as voices and mediums of change and action. Here are ten of the most interesting visual artists you should follow to get a good sense of what artistic Filipino talent is all about and the social realities you should be aware of.

Leeroy New

Mixed-media visual artist

Jappy Agoncillo

Illustrator, muralist

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Comic artist

Betsy Cola


Alex B




Vhince Brimon

Digital artist

would u buy it? rt if yes

— St Vincent (@beansbrimon) July 2, 2020



Gabrielle Mabaza

Designer and illustrator