Anger & Resistance No. 2: Beth Ditto, USA – „What am I not protesting against?“

Foto: Mary McCartney

Print issue SPEX No. 375 focuses upon anger and resistance in pop culture. For this reason SPEX invited artists from all over the globe to answer the question: Is Anger An Energy? Read the full-length interviews online only. Today: Beth Ditto from Searcy, Arkansas.

What does anger mean to you? And how important is resistance for you?
Anger is good for you. Healthy, People fight it too much.
You have to resist in America right now. There is no other option.

How and against what are you protesting?
What am I not protesting against?

„activism and art are the same a lot of the time.“

Taking a look at the current state of the world, does your urge to take a stand, to speak out, to act get stronger?
Yes. But also I don’t know where to start. I’m very overwhelmed.

Is there room for more than symbolic protest within the realm pop culture? How can pop culture bring about change, even beyond the already converted?
If you look back at the 60ies peace movement, the 60ies civil right movement, that wouldn’t have been possible without artists and like gender fluidity and what pop bands did. It takes artists to move – activism and art are the same a lot of the time.

What is the most urgent cause of your art?
All of the causes are just as important as the other – respect for human beings.

Alle Kurzinterviews mit Künstlerinnen und Künstlern aus aller Welt zum Thema Wut & Widerstand, die im Rahmen des Schwerpunkts in der Printausgabe SPEX No. 375 in gekürzter Form zu lesen sind, werden nach und nach online veröffentlicht. Das Heft kann im Onlineshop versandkostenfrei bestellt werden.

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