Earlier in the semester, the local artist John August Swanson came to speak to our theology class about his life and work. After that visit, we were left in awe of how this man used his creative talents to expose and probe injustice and celebrate the connection we all have to each other as human beings.
Using the medium of film, one that we have been studying intensively for four years, we wanted to more deeply explore the theological claims of liberation Christology embedded in John’s work. We sat down for an interview with him regarding his perspective on social justice, and what we came away with is nothing short of extraordinary.
Whatever one does in his or her life’s work, it is imperative to remember those on the margins and those who suffer, because after all, each contribution to society affects a community in some way. We were put on this earth for each other, as a community of human beings, but it is so easy to get lost entirely in individual aspirations. This is where the art of John August Swanson comes in, reminding us that the world can only be liberated from the plagues of life when it embraces solidarity.