Broaden Your Thinking : Ancient Egypt & Modern Art

For this Broaden Your Thinking I will be linking Amanda's work on Ancient Egypt to mine on Art as a Social Change agent.

While reading her research it really made me think about how ancient Egyptian culture, or any ancient culture is so often misinterpreted when it is portrayed in the media. Amanda was explaining concepts that I realized were so often overlooked by the media because they aren't seen as interesting or marketable. 

So often, these cultures that are so full of life are white washed to match the ideals of the time in favor of what will make money. Recently there was a movie set in ancient Egypt called "Exodus: Gods and Kings" starring Christian Bale, a London born actor. Egyptians are not white. Egypt is in Africa. So why does Hollywood always fall into these wrong casting choices. Casting Directors so often cite that a multi-million dollar movie wont make money if they do not have a big name actor starring in it. However, there are many POC actors that either are Egyptian or would be a much better choice than Christian Bale.

It isn't just the casting choices either, so often the culture and diversity is glazed over in favor of the most interesting pieces, so it is hardly an accurate depiction. However these depictions of these cultures and society become normalized so now, these diverse societies are stripped down to 3 traits or aspects.

It is interesting to draw these two topics together because it really shows the power of the media and art to dictate the way certain things are shown and understood. While art has the power to do a lot of good, it also can be destructive and very damaging when put in the wrong hands.

 

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