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Intersections of Contemporary Art, Anthropology and Art History in South Asia

Decoding Visual Worlds

Editors: Perera, Sasanka, Pathak, Dev Nath (Eds.)

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  • Locates artistic practice in relation to anthropology and sociology, with a particular focus on contemporary South Asia
  • Argues for the key role of artists and curators within the formation of social groups and cultural identity
  • Confronts the disciplinary limits of anthropology, sociology, art history, and art criticism
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Taking South Asia as its focus, this wide-ranging collection probes the general reluctance of the cultural anthropology to engage with contemporary visual art and artists, including painting, sculpture, performance art and installation. Through case studies engaged equally in anthropology and visual studies, contributors examine art and artistic production in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal to bring the social and political complexities of artistic practice to the fore. Demonstrating the potential of the visual as a means to understand a society, its values, and its politics, this volume ranges across discourses of anthropology, sociology, biography, memory, art history, and contemporary practices of visual art. Ultimately, Intersections of Contemporary Art, Anthropology and Art History in South Asia simultaneously expands and challenges the disciplinary foci of two fields: it demonstrates to art criticism and art history the necessity of anthropological and sociological methodologies and theories, while at the same time challenging the “iconophobia” of social sciences.


About the authors

Sasanka Perera is Professor of Sociology at South Asian University, New Delhi, India. He is the author of, among other publications, Artists Remember; Artists Narrate:  Memory and Representation inn Contemporary Sri Lankan Visual Arts (2011), Violence and The Burden of Memory: Remembrance and Erasure in Sinhala Consciousness (2015) and Warzone Tourism in Sri Lanka: Tales from Darker Places in Paradise (2016).

Dev Nath Pathak is Assistant Professor of Sociology at South Asian University, New Delhi, India. He is the author of Living and Dying: Meanings in Maithili Folklore (2018), the editor of Another South Asia! (2017), the co-editor, with Sasanka Perera, of Culture and Politics in South Asia: Performative Communication (2017) and he also co-edited, with Ravi Kumar and Sasanka Perera, Sociology and Social Anthropology in South Asia: Histories and Practices (2018).


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Intersections and Implications: When Anthropology, Art Practice, and Art History Converge

    Perera, Sasanka (et al.)

    Pages 1-46

  • Mimicking Anthropologists: Re-Membering a Photo Archive via Pata Paintings, Performative Mimesis, and Photo Performance

    Dave Mukherji, Parul

    Pages 49-72

  • Reframing the Contexts for Pakistani Contemporary Art

    Hashmi, Salima (et al.)

    Pages 73-92

  • ‘Art’ of Ethnography: Feminist Ethnography and Women Artists in South Asia

    Kalita, Pooja

    Pages 93-114

  • Globalisation and Local Anxieties in the Art of Bangladesh: The Interface of History and the Contemporary

    Selim, Lala Rukh

    Pages 117-138

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eBook 83,29 €
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Intersections of Contemporary Art, Anthropology and Art History in South Asia
Book Subtitle
Decoding Visual Worlds
Editors
  • Sasanka Perera
  • Dev Nath Pathak
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05852-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05852-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-05851-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 302
Number of Illustrations
25 illustrations in colour
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