“Extreme poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 1990. While this is a remarkable achievement, one in five people in developing regions still live on less than $1.90 a day, and there are millions more who make little more than this daily amount, plus many people risk slipping back into poverty.
Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making.”
Poverty creates dividing lines in societies and creates upper and lower classes that can become alienated from each other. Art can break through constructed patterns, bringing people together to connect, listen and understand. Art has the capacity to perceive beauty and potential beyond the surface. Below you find examples of art projects that create direct dialogues with those directly affected by poverty.
“Scarcity” by Sendhil Mullainathal, Eldar Shafir
TED talk by Rutger Bregman