In contemporary art, political relevance (like traditional notions of beauty) could be thought of as eventual by-products of a creative process and not its objective. Otherwise, the resulting work is little more than predictable propaganda for often-outdated dogma whose power of seduction is almost always inversely related to its relevance and ultimate social utility.
For me, contemporary art generates questions and not answers or solutions. It questions who we are, how we see ourselves and our relationships with the world evolving around us. Its provocations are often profoundly troubling. It actively provokes dialogue with those it will never meet. It does not preach. It is not a recruitment tool for a recognizable cause.
If we do not understand it, we should simply ask ourselves what baggage we are missing to be able to engage it in meaningful conversation.