Usually, propaganda is thought of as information coming from people in power. It’s emotional, sensational and, most importantly, misleading. Of course, it doesn’t just come from political leaders, and a new exhibit, loudly called “PROPAGANDA,” argues that even artists create it.
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“I personally think that everything is propaganda,” said artist and Facet Gallery owner Peter Ferrari. “So when I make a piece of art, it’s automatically propaganda in a way. I have some message I’m trying to convey.”
George and Kristy Gomez of SOAP Goods Creative, a design and communications company, came up with the idea for the show and challenged artists to create a piece that conveys any message they want.
“The definition of propaganda lends itself either to encouraging someone to do something or trying to detract someone from doing something, so that gave our participants a great opportunity to go either direction,” Kristy Gomez said. “Given the state of the world, giving artists the opportunity to say whatever they want … that was something we couldn’t pass up giving to the artists and Atlanta.”
“PROPAGANDA” is a collaboration between Facet Gallery and Soap Goods Creatives, along with A3C, Atlanta’s hip-hop festival and conference. It opens tonight at 7 p.m. Along with the “PROPAGANDA,” the evening will include performances pieces from artists and activists.