Our Voices, Our Power

Article published on Sept. 3, 2008
Article published on Sept. 3, 2008
Art is power. That has been true for millennia. Now, with the support of the networks that the internet provides art can travel farther, be appreciated by more people and increase its impact – its power. Online Communities have popped up for socializing with friends (My Space, Facebook, etc.), others are for bloggers (Live Journal, Blogger, Wordpress, etc.
), and the same is happening for artists – whether they are photographers, graphic designers, painters, etc. Online portfolios, created within these communities, allow artists to expose their work on a global level – and art is one of those unique mediums that can cross the many boundaries that separate all of us. They can discuss their inspirations, sell their art, or just allow their work to do what all art is meant to – communicate something. TakingITGlobal's Global Gallery is communicating the youth perspective on two controversial topics through the 3rd edition of the TIG Magazine – one is Climate Change, not just the topic of the hour but of the future, and Cultural Conflict, which, judging from the conflicts ranging from Darfur to Tibet, is also the topic of the hour, the past and the future. These are two issues that youth are particularly well-placed to respond to, Climate Change is the environmental legacy that generations of youth stand to inherit and which youth are responding to more than any other affected group. As a generation brought up with internet and mass media communication, youth are more aware of the rest of the world, of other cultures, identities, trends, and this also makes youth the natural leaders in resolving cultural conflict where and when it flares up.

The 3rd TIG Magazine 'Culture, Identity and Climate Change' is the product of young artists from all over the world coming together to express themselves on these two issues. The people are different, the art is different, but the message they create together is an example of exactly what the internet has brought to youth – power. To say something and be heard – together.