IDENTITY/SOLIDARITY AND ARTISTIC REFLECTION

ON THE RESEARCH OF OUR IDENTITY FOR A MORE SOLIDARY SOCIETY

 

"On the research of our Identity", mixed media by Hilde Nijs 1.50 m x 1.00 m

 

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Today our society has not only to deal with a financial crisis; a crisis of human individual identity is equal going with the search of a new cultural and social identity within a solidary community. Time arrived to establish once again, a society that advances solidarity and autonomy instead of individual narcissism.

Cultural and social identity, can be the dialectic between the individual and society. It is a constant changing subject and has to be constantly reinvented in dialogue with our cultural and social heritage.

Artistic reflection is capable of presenting undreamt-of solutions to problems. In addition to its positive influence on economic development, culture above all creates identity, community and social cohesion and – what is perhaps now needed most in our neoliberal system  – solidarity. The role of identity in forming our understanding of ourselves and our role in society is more important than we possibly can imagine.