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Katie Alice Greer on why all art is political – The Creative Independent

Katie Alice Greer on why all art is political – The Creative Independent: "I think if we’re going to have conversations about art, it’s best to avoid words like that, and actually explain why we think art is political, or art is beautiful, or art is important."

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