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Ibadan Journal of Sociology. December, 2016. Volume 4

Nov 21 2016

Visual Arts as A Tool for Peace and Conflict Resolution:  An Analysis


This article presents a contextual analysis of selected artworks on peace and conflict resolution in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. The quest for peace and conflict resolution is as old as man. Johan Galtung, a leading peace studies expert and sociologist, and other authors like Shank and Rank, give impetus to this work. Performing arts like Music, dance and drama have been in the know in the paradigm of peace building, visual arts, however, which is a potent area to advance and advocate for peace and conflict resolution, is being relegated, or is not properly placed in context, which is a gap in the peace building studies paradigm, and a problem which this article aims to address and articulate.

Artists stand at the crossroads as mediators, and the emotive power of the visual arts helps to stimulate dialogue in the society,which is a veritable tool for conflict resolution. The conclusion arrived at, propagates peace in the society and the inclusion of the understanding of visual arts symbols in peace and conflict resolution.

Keywords: Tool, visual arts, peace, conflict, resolution.


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