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posted on 12.03.2020, 11:35 by Ruth KinnaRuth Kinna, Gillian Whiteley
Investigating art practitioners’ responses to violence, this book considers how artists have used art practices to rethink concepts of violence and nonviolence. It explores the strategies that artists have deployed to expose physical and symbolic violence through representational, performative and interventional means. It examines how intellectual and material contexts have affected art interventions and how visual arts can open up critical spaces to explore violence without reinforcement or recuperation. Its premises are that art is not only able to contest prevailing norms about violence but that contemporary artists are consciously engaging with publics through their practice in order to do so. Contributors respond to three questions: how can political violence be understood or interpreted through art? How are publics understood or identified? How are art interventions designed to shift, challenge or respond to public perceptions of political violence and how are they constrained by them? They discuss violence in the everyday and at state level: the Watts’ Rebellion and Occupy, repression in Russia, domination in Hong Kong, the violence of migration and the unfolding art activist logic of the sigma portfolio . Asking how public debates can be shaped through the visual and performing arts and setting taboos about violence to one side, the volume provides an innovative approach to a perennial issue of interest to scholars of international politics, art and cultural studies.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Cultures of Violence: Visual Arts and Political Violence

Pages

1 - 15

Publisher

Routledge

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Cultures of Violence: Visual Arts and Political Violence on 29-04-2020, available online: https://www.routledge.com/9781138624917.

Publication date

2020-04-29

ISBN

9781138624917

Book series

Interventions

Language

en

Editor(s)

Ruth Kinna; Gillian Whiteley

Depositor

Prof Ruth Kinna Deposit date: 11 March 2020

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