Cultural Appropriation vs Appropriation of Art

Appropriation in art is the use of pre-existing objects or images with little or no transformation applied to them. The use of appropriation has played a significant role in the history of the arts (literary, visual, musical and performing arts). In the visual arts, to appropriate means to properly adopt, borrow, recycle or sample aspects (or the entire form) of human-made visual culture.

Appropriation in art;
Daft Punk helmet on a female
fashion model.
Inherent in our understanding of appropriation is the concept that the new work re-contextualizes whatever it borrows to create the new work. In most cases the original 'thing' remains accessible as the original, without change.

Something to have in mind is that a cultural appropriation may have a totally different consequence. A common example of cultural appropriation is the adoption of the iconography of another culture, and using it for purposes that are unintended by the original culture or even offensive to that culture's mores. A cultural appropriation does not respect, therefore research or appreciate anything beyond the surface of the culture it exploits.

In sociology and cultural studies, reappropriation or reclamation is the cultural process by which a group reclaims terms or artifacts that were previously used in a way disparaging of that group.

Good or bad, Hiphop is founded on a remixing culture (appropriation of art). I had clear conscience when I decided to give the mixtape this name. But I can't be so sure if it was the appropriate name (pun intended).

Listen to Appropriation: Original Remix Collection (DJ Mix) here.


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