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date: 28 February 2020

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The arts are an established part of social movement repertoire. Artistic representations are important to internal movement dynamics and in communicating movement ideas to the wider world. Art practices form the core of the symbolic and expressive aspects of social movements. When created within movement contexts, art reveals truth as the movement sees it. At the same time and through the same process, artistic representations and expressions make the movement visible to itself. Movement art is thus part of the coming-to-be of a social movement. The art created within a social movement objectifies the ideas and emotions which motivate and guide that movement, providing a mirror for the movement to know itself. The same processes of objectification and representation make it possible to transmit protest traditions over time and space. Objectified and materialized, the art of social movements re-create protest traditions and become which become ready-made resources for other movements.

Keywords: movement art, cognitive praxis, symbolic expression, protest tradition, truth-bearing

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