A Class Act
Today’s class systems continue to use art as a means of excluding people from a “cultural-social life”. The art world’s avant-garde have dominated the cultural pyramid for the past century, yet they continue to disregard the poor from their concerns and frameworks. Has the avant-garde lost the “culture of poverty” to the divide between rich and poor, elitist and popular, quality and commercial work? Do international perspectives lend themselves to the existence of an “underclass”? Could a populist paradigm clear claimed positions and create a culture that caters for all? Can elitist practices withstand populism?