Safe is the New Dangerous
The author of The Dangerous Art of Blending In, a solid debut effort in the young adult romance genre, Surmelis signed autographs for fans and participated in a fascinating and timely panel discussion on June 2 at BookCon. The panelists, including Surmelis and fellow authors Abdi Nazemian, Tehlor Kay Mejia, and Kacen Callendar, discussed the fact that young adult books are still overwhelmingly heteronormative — about heterosexuals. The discussion was moderated by American actor and singer Anthony Rapp, best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway production of Rent.
In previous years, many BookCon panels have focused on fun book tie-ins with television and film featuring well-known authors while others also tackled issues like the need for diversity in the publishing industry.
His strict immigrant Greek mother refuses to see him as anything but a disappointment. His quiet, workaholic father is a staunch believer in avoiding any kind of conflict. Artistic activism, a new phenomenon that has become a staple of our time, is different from the type of critical art that dominated modernist discourse in the 20th century. Since the beginning of Modernism, artists have endeavored to tackle taboos in radical and groundbreaking ways.
Avant-garde art set its sights on "the system": the form of government, the social structure, the distribution of capital, and issues of policing and control. High hopes were hung on the movement's potential to instigate revolution. The current cluster of exhibitions aspires to illustrate subversive artistic practices in a post-revolutionary time, devoid of any possibility for artistic-political protest.
In our days, when every form of criticism is immediately negated and appropriated by capitalism, has art lost its power to critique? Or does art, more than ever, find itself in a position to challenge and threaten the political order? Mostly, the works displayed in this cluster of exhibitions were meant not only to represent the struggle of the oppressed, but also to create a space for activist intervention.
Angelo Surmelis’ The Dangerous Art of Blending In - The National Herald
The works relate to social spaces in which neoliberalism takes great pride in extending the rights granted to various communities, such as women's rights, LGBTQIA rights, refugee rights, or the rights to protest and self-defense. However, the tolerance attributed to the spirit of liberalism is often of a cynical nature, used as a fig leaf to cover up the exacerbation of social inequality and denial of human rights.
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