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A Voice in the Silence: Constructing Identity Through the Visual Arts

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posted on 2023-09-07, 05:02 authored by Brieahn DeMeo

The visual arts can be utilized as a mode of non-verbal discourse within marginalized societies. The process of creating a work of art affords an individual the opportunity to re-imagine their own self and realize challenges that may arise in maintaining this identity. In situations where verbal communication is either ignored or non-existent the visual arts offer a medium through which to express disparities and inequities faced by a marginalized population. Three case studies examine the different ways in which the visual arts can manifest themselves and promote a stronger sense of self for the individual and community and foster a dialogue with a larger audience.



American University


Degree awarded: M.A. Performing Arts. American University


Degree grantor

American University. Department of Performing Arts

Degree level

  • Masters

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