(also posted in "Current Issues")

As a response to Iranian woman artist Shirin Neshat's recent TED Talk -- Does the artist bear a certain social responsibility to challenge the status quo? What is the role of the artist? Should art be able to function outside of a political context? Does the artist bear a certain social responsibility to challenge the status quo? Or is it enough for the artist to entertain? What, exactly, is the role of the artist? Watch Neshat’s Talk here and discuss: http://artistsonthelam.blogspot.com/2011/06/discussion-art-as-political-weapon.html