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Speaking Out on Society: Hunger.

A sculpture artist, Joyce J. Scott, encapsulates this perfectly. With her work, Hunger, 1991, she represents the struggles that people of color go through with facing discrimination all while putting food on the table in parallel to those who are privileged.

In the artwork Hunger to the left, Joyce expresses the struggles of African Americans facing starvation and how privileged whites turn a blind eye to international excessive issues. She arrays skeletons next to a white man's face above all of the woven threats to display ignorance and to make the white man seem "above" the rubbish. The different materials of cloth and string are to represent African culture and those who struggle with the basic need to eat and survive, and "slap you in the face" (Elliot).

One thing I noticed that might have been unintentional was the black "letters" on the right-hand sign, which mimic the characters of the word AFRICA, as can be seen by the R, C, I, 2 As, and F. The letters are below the image of the skeleton figure, which represents the struggles that they go through in the country. Along with that, however, they provide culture-rich cloths and details to give a slight parallel that Africans are more than their struggles on the surface.

This was a creative way of expressing the ironic parallel between race and class in both countries: America, where Joyce J. Scott currently lives, and in Africa. It's important to draw attention to the fact that while America is battling international affairs, there are many in the country without proper resources and funding to survive. They are facing their own battle with discrimination everyday.



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