This interrogation of what “post-truth” means as a concept and identifier for our current moment was picked up again in a panel that explored the role of the artist as disruptor, convened by Cabaret artist, jazz singer and community activist, Mama Alto. As she explained, artists are important advocates and activists. Their ability to creatively question and challenge existing power structures has often placed them in this role of disruptor.
‘The false idea of a post-truth era reinforces the idea that there was ever a singular truth. And when we look at that idea of a singular truth, that it might be a false construction of what was presumed to be objective knowledge, it is actually an arbitrary construction along the interests of certain power dynamics,’ Mama Alto explained.