Art has always been a source of power in many cultures, including the Muslim world.
Yet there has been a persistent tension between the art world and the politics of white nationalism.
Now, Al Jazeera has launched a series of investigations into how art and the media have been used to promote racist ideologies in both the United States and other Western countries.
Al Jazeera spoke to the managing editor of the Al Jazeera channel, Artem Dzhemilev, to find out how art has played a role in this debate.
Al-Jazeera English: Art has been used as a tool of social control, a tool for control and control, and a tool to oppress minorities.
And what do you think of the current state of art and how does art and race intersect?
Dzherilev: It is very important for us to understand how art is used.
I think that the art scene in the United Kingdom has been quite different in the past few years from what it was in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s.
I don’t know why this is, but I think it is because there are so many new artists that are being brought in.
There are so few of them.
So I think the art is in a state of crisis and there is a great need for an alternative to that.
Al Arabiya English: Is there a problem with the use of art in the Middle East?
DZherilevi: There is no problem.
I mean, if there is no conflict in the world, we shouldn’t use art to solve problems.
I have seen artworks that I have not seen before in my lifetime and it is beautiful.
It is not a weapon against others.
And this is why I think there is such an interest in the art of the Middle-East.
But we must not use the art in this way to promote a particular agenda.
Al Sharq al-Awsat English: What are the main concerns and motivations behind the use and appropriation of art by white nationalists?
Dzhhemilevi’s answer: The main reason for the appropriation of the art by the right wing of society is the fear of the new.
It says, this is what we do, and we will fight against you.
This is the threat of the white majority, the threat that has come from the arrival of immigrants.
This threat is an absolute threat to all of us, for it is also an absolute danger to us as Muslims and Arabs, because we are an ethnic group.
I believe that this is an existential threat for us.
Al Jazeerah English: You wrote a book, Art and Racism: How Art and the Media Have Made Us Racist.
Is there an argument that white nationalism is in part an art form?
There is a need for it.
The need for the art forms of art to become a tool that we can use to defend ourselves, because if we use art as a weapon, we will be more easily controlled.
I can’t imagine how that will happen if we don’t use the tools that art has been given.
So that is why the use is a necessity.
Al Quds Arabic newspaper English edition: The Art of Art and Race article The art scene has always played a crucial role in the life of artists.
But it has always had to balance a need to show how different cultures look and act with the need to keep an eye on our own.
Al Azhar University English edition Art in the Art of Racism article In the early 1980s there was a moment of cultural change in the Muslim-majority world.
Artists were being paid more than ever before, and they began to be seen as people of influence.
And, of course, they were seen as the future of art.
The Arab world was witnessing the birth of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
There was a huge opportunity to create a global cultural scene that would make the Muslim community more diverse.
This moment in the Islamic world brought about a new generation of artists who were more concerned about their own culture and more concerned with their own identities and what it meant to be Muslim.
This new generation has been referred to as the art generation, because the artists are drawing from different cultural backgrounds.
They are also drawing from a wide range of cultures.
But they all have one thing in common: they all draw from different cultures.
Al Asal English edition Al Jazeera Arabic newspaper article Al Jazeera is an award-winning news and information network.
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