Cultural commentary

Artists during lockdown: Visual artist Clanny Mugabe talks pandemic’s impact on practice

Clanny Mugabe, Art Sci ’23, is a second-year student who explores themes of decolonization, mythology, and speculative fiction in her artwork. Like many artists, Mugabe has struggled to continue creating art as quarantine and lockdowns continue in Canada.Continue...

Commentary: The art of adapting literature to television is strategic

Adapting books to television is not a new phenomenon, but in the past couple of years, the popularity of series based on bestselling novels seems to be heightened.Continue...

The weird world of copyright law

Copyright law originated as a way to protect artists from intellectual property theft, but in today’s context, copyright is too often used as a tool by powerful corporations to supress creativity.Continue...

'A Mind Spread Out on the Ground' is a stunning meditation on trauma, decolonization, and love

Tuscarora author Alicia Elliott starts her debut book, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground , by comparing depression to colonialism.Continue...

The Journal puzzles out recurrence of hilarious art restoration fails

Eight years ago, in Spain, a well-meaning elderly lady made a disastrous decision to paint over a beloved painting of the son of God, transforming the work into what’s been dubbed Potato Jesus by some, Monkey Christ by others.Continue...

Muslim International Film Festival makes history in October debut

The Muslim International Film Festival (MIFF) had its inaugural debut in Toronto on Oct. 30. The festival, a celebration of Muslim excellence in the filmmaking industry, was a compilation of eight short films and two feature films presented at the Ontario Place Drive-In.Continue...

Music has the capacity to make climate resistance feel more personal

As individuals around the world grapple with the realities of the climate crisis, some artists are addressing it in a more emotionally charged manner—through music.Continue...

Commentary: Theatre and film are increasingly merging mediums

As COVID-19 forces theatre companies around the world to innovate and adapt to a new virtual forum, the lines between theatre and film continue to blur. For some critics, this means losing the aspects of theatre which make it such a moving art form.Continue...

Memes have replaced the political cartoon

The political cartoon has been a means of speaking truth to power since the 18th century, but now print media is in its death throes, and internet memes are spreading misinformation in place of satire.Continue...

Art is integral to Black Lives Matter: a conversation with Dr. Kristin Moriah

While social media activism is surging in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, art can be more crucial to the Black Lives Matter movement than Instagram stories.Continue...

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