MacArthur Grantee Rick Lowe on Art as Community

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"Language is part of the way we grow and how we expand our thinking. But 'social practice,' for me, expands that thinking in a way that’s very political. It shifts the focus from a specific place and people and communities to just this broad notion of 'social.' It takes out the issue around equity and justice.

I challenged Creative Time a couple years before about this award they give. They give this award called the Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change. So I asked them, 'Why not social justice?' Because 'social change' has no real position. It’s neutral, you know? And I know the art world likes this neutrality, not taking particular sides."