New Book: Artists on the World’s Frontlines

Posted by on July 28, 2008

Happy Summer! We are thrilled to announce the release of our tenth new title—Art and Upheaval: Artists on the World’s Frontlines by William Cleveland. This is a rare and moving account of local artists rebuilding the social infrastructure of communities in six parts of the world that have suffered the trauma of civil war or political repression.

The history captured in Art and Upheaval deepens one’s appreciation of community-based art—not only were these artists risking their lives to perform, write or paint in dangerous political climates, they were surprisingly skilled in healing the most profound social problems. Through poetry, drama scripts, abundant visuals and masterful narrative, Bill Cleveland captures the lives of maverick artistic groups in Cambodia, Serbia, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Aboriginal Australia and Watts, Los Angeles. The author spent the better part of a decade intimately documenting these artists in their working environments. The book is graced with a poetic foreword by cantadora and psychoanalyst Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés.

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