Art as an Act of Resistance: A Conversation Between Artists Shaun Leonardo, Dread Scott, and Clifford Owens [WATCH]

Artnet Talks is a new series of live conversations presented by Artnet News.

From left: Clifford Owens (photo by Karina Aguilera Skvirsky), Shaun Leonardo (photo by Lelanie Foster), Dread Scott (photo by Sebastian Kim).

Artnet Talks is a new series of live conversations between artists, curators, gallerists, and arts professionals that brings an in-depth dimension to our usual coverage of the art world’s biggest stories.

Our first talk, “Art as an Act of Resistance: A Conversation With Shaun Leonardo, Dread Scott, and Clifford Owens,” was held on June 24.

As a seemingly endless stream of images of police violence and protest fills our screens, Dread Scott, Shaun Leonardo, and Clifford Owens have been among the many engaged artists working to address those images—and to contend with the nation’s legacy of racism through their work. During the talk, the three artists shared their views on the intersections of performance art and protest, the effects of images of Black suffering, and the future of social responsibility in the art world.

Watch the full conversation above.


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