These essays bring together voices that are involved in shaping the art and cultural scenes outside the Western mainstream. Focusing on the concept of belonging, they explore how contemporary art produced outside the bounds of dominant cultural circuits responds to the challenge posed by globalisation.
Entanglements between the local and the global, and the confluence of aesthetics and politics, are discussed from the point of view of the art historian, the sociologist, the critic, and the curator. The contributors address cultural nomadism and the experience of place, national identity and transcultural expression, the production of signs, and the implications of metaphor. The essays reveal how artists from traditional societies find in their cultural heritage the basis of a pluralistic creative expression, and how economic and political globalisation leads them to create new strategies of resistance.
Contributors include: Hoor Al Qasimi, Frederick N. Bohrer, Kamal Boullata, Nicolas Bourriaud, Boris Brollo, Jean Fisher, Laymert Garcia dos Santos, Elias Khoury, Ken Lum, Joseph Massad, Khaled Mattawa, Gerardo Mosquera, Achille Bonito Oliva, Jack Persekian, Nadia Tazi, Tirdad Zolghadr,
About the Contributors
Kamal Boullata was a Palestinian painter and writer. Public collections holding his art include the British Museum, London, the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris and the New York Public Library. His writings on Arab and Palestinian art have appeared in exhibition catalogues, anthologies and periodicals including the Journal of Palestine Studies and the Encyclopedia of the Palestinians. He is the author of Palestinian Art: From 1850 to Present, Recovery of Place: A Study of Contemporary Palestinian Art (in Arabic) and the editor of Belonging and Globalisation: Critical Essays on Contemporary Art and Culture.