To be clear, artistic expressions referred to in this essay are poetry and music.This essay will focus on the poetry of Ben Okri, Uche Peter Umez, Audre Lorde, and the musical works of Nigerian All Star Ensemble, The Beatles, and Todd Rundgren because of their works’ have thematic relevance in this discourse.Burton in O’Connell (2010) posits that “Conflict resolution is, in the long term, a process of change in political, social and economic systems.
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ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS IN CONFLICTS RESOLUTION: A PROCESS Artistic expressions which have direct relevance in the resolution of conflicts affirm the functional role of works of art.
While the Art for Art’s sake theorists and proponents argue for art works to be self-sufficient and non-utilitarian, there are other schools of thought who not only argue for the functionality of art works, but also engage in the production of such works which add values in societies.
Rather, they introduce a platform for negotiations, deliberations, and in some cases, pleading to the conscience and minds of conflicting groups to resolve their differences.