(Answered) HUMN303N Week 7 Assignment: Controversial Art and Censorship


HUMN303N Introduction to Humanities

Although social justice art is not a topic exclusive to the 20th and 21st centuries, the distribution of information regarding controversial art with gender, race, sexual, and/or environmental themes has increased with the proliferation of media. Choose an example of a social justice work of art from the 20th or 21st centuries from any discipline of the humanities (music, literature, sculpture, film, television, etc.). Then, address the following:

  • Identify the work and the medium.
  • Based on your example, to what extent does this work of art make a social contribution?
  • What aesthetic value does the work have? How does it reflect the human condition? How does it relate to your life?
  • Has this work ever been censored? If so, explain the circumstances.
  • Are governments ever justified in censoring art? Why or why not?
  • Examine some of the influences of this work of art. What was the public reaction to this work? Does it effectively portray its message?
  • Argue whether or not this work should be considered art. Explain why using terms learned in this course.
  • Include an accompanying statement from the artist(s) and a statement from a critic to support your points.


The selected work of artwork is a wall graffiti done by a street artist by name Saviour Elmundo with the title Stop Police Brutality. The medium used in the painting is acrylic paints.

This painting has been used by many oppressed communities to air their grievances on the matters of police brutality. After many occasions and scenarios where people of color are being oppressed by the police offices, campaigns to stop the actions have been launched with the painting being used to reminding the community that they have to fight for their rights and also inform the oppressors that what they are doing is wrong.

In the painting, the artist uses different colors to indicate the various racial diversities living in the world. It also has the text, I CAN’T BREATHE…..please click the icon below to purchase full answer at $10