Project Details


Conflicted Arts+Politics is part of CECC’s Conflicted Humanities research project and follows on from the developments and results of the European cooperation project, 4C's: from Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture. It was designed in the fields of Cultural Studies and Visual Arts in light of the contemporary political reality, namely its human, social and economic dimensions. Our world is shaped by countless challenges and conflicts of various kinds, namely wars, crises, fake news, and oppressive regimes, all of which demand urgent action. Visual artists, particularly since Modernism, have responded to the world around them through their research and production practices. But what can they do in a contemporary world in which political participation is equated with apathy? Essentially, the goal of this research is to go further and to critically ponder some of the main results of the 4C’s initiative: (i) the work created by contemporary activist artists is being progressively inscribed in the political domain; (ii) there seems to be a relationship between government support of the Arts and the transformational power of the Arts in the political realm. Following on from these statements, a major reflection will be fostered on the artists' responses and actions towards political systems. In particular, the analysis is expected to contribute to the acknowledgement of how research and artistic production about and under censorship, post-censorship and oppression, post-oppression, colonial and post-colonial political regimes, are conducted.
Effective start/end date18/07/1917/06/25


  • Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia: €226,619.22

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • Arts
  • Politics
  • Political systems
  • Contemporaneity
  • Research and production
  • Artistic practices


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