Luba Lukova

Luba Lukova has a bold style, and creates commentary images on issues such as peace, censorship, immigration, ecology, hunger and corruption.

Luba Lukova
Public images have social responsibility

by Anne Telford

“I hope these images can be a catalyst for action. Art can change the world; I believe that. If it weren’t true, there wouldn’t be censorship in this world. Art can be an incendiary device and I know that firsthand. The images in this portfolio address many of the complex issues we face in this election year, but the problems depicted are not only American, they exist in many other places. Here in the U.S. we are blessed with freedom of expression and that is why it was possible for me to publish such a project. But this is not so in many countries around the world. I hope this publication can speak to an international audience as well.”

Social justice may be a relatively new term, but social consciousness has long been part of New York artist Luba Lukova’s vocabulary. In today’s world—in this election year—there are many more important issues than design, and they are the topic of Lukova’s art. They are, in her words, “…a mirror of life, not fashion.” The online collective encyclopedia Wikipedia describes social justice as referring (in part) to “…the concept of a society in which justice is achieved in every aspect of society, rather than merely the administration of law.”

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