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Art Activism for an Anticolonial Future (Suny Series) (Hardcover)

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Analyzing the confluence between coloniality and activist art, Art Activism for an Anticolonial Future argues that there is much to gain from approaching contemporary politically committed art practices from the angle of anticolonial, postcolonial, and decolonial struggles. These struggles inspired a vast yet underexplored set of ideas about art and cultural practices and did so decades before the acceptance of radical artistic practices by mainstream art institutions. Carlos Garrido Castellano argues that art activism has been confined to a limited spatial and temporal framework-that of Western culture and the modernist avant-garde. Assumptions about the individual creator and the belated arrival of derivative avant-garde aesthetics to the periphery have generated a narrow view of "political art" at the expense of our capacity to perceive a truly global alternative praxis. Garrido Castellano then illuminates such a praxis, focusing attention on socially engaged art from the Global South, challenging the supposed universality of Western artistic norms, and demonstrating the role of art in promoting and configuring a collective critical consciousness in postcolonial public spheres.

About the Author

Carlos Garrido Castellano is Lecturer in the Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies Department at University College Cork in Ireland. He is the author of Beyond Representation in Contemporary Caribbean Art: Space, Politics, and the Public Sphere.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781438485737
ISBN-10: 1438485735
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication Date: October 1st, 2021
Pages: 348
Language: English
Series: Suny Series