What Is The Future Of ‘Power’ In Politics?

What Is The Future Of ‘Power’ In Politics?

CNN commissioned artists to promote a conversation with voters around critical election issues.

Karen Baker
  • 29 august 2012

With the Republican National Convention underway, major news network CNN decided to take a bi-partisan approach to the election season in its most recent digital art gallery, ‘Power.’ The network asked artists to interpret power as it relates to politics and explore five different aspects of power, namely: Power Struggles, Power of Authority, Collective Power, The Origins of Power, and Personal Power. Artists experimented with photography, sculpture, cartoons, videos, drawings, paintings and more to create pieces to help voters rethink power in 2012.

Artist Dorothy O’Connor explains the work above, titled ‘Tornado:’

Given the influence of corporate donors […], it is hard to overstate the extent to which individuals and even collective actions are rendered powerless. In the aftermath of a tornado there is, eventually, a time of rebirth when people begin to reclaim their lives and destinies. It remains to be seen whether or not we can reclaim our democracy from the forces that seek to undermine it.

The gallery provokes viewers to reflect on the status quo of politics. In reflecting and interpreting, hopefully voters will move their attention beyond the day-to-day details and onto the bigger picture of the future of power in America.

Check out more of the works in the gallery below.

‘Power’ on CNN

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