This collection brings together leading voices involved in shaping the artistic and cultural scenes outside the Western mainstream. Focusing on the concept of belonging, the varied contributors examine responses to the challenges posed by globalization.
The essays explore place and nomadism, national identity and transcultural expression, including the use of signs and metaphor. The contributors reveal how artists from traditional societies find in their cultural heritage the basis of creative expression.
Kamal Boullata is a visual artist and writer. He is the author of Recovery of Place: A Study of Contemporary Palestinian Art (in Arabic, 2000) and the forthcoming Palestinian Art: 1850–2005 (Saqi Books).
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About the Author
Boullata is a visual artist and writer. He is the author of Recovery of Place: A Study of Contemporary Palestinian Art (in Arabic, 2000) and the forthcoming Palestinian Art: Discontinuities and Resistance, 1845-2005. He co-edited with Mirène Ghossein If Only the Sea Could Sleep (2003) and with Kathy Engel, We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon.
Table of ContentsForeword 9
Sharing a Meaning: An Introduction Kamal Boullata 11
Critical Perspectives 23
History of My Face Khaled Mattawa 25
Borders (and Boarders) of Art: Notes from a Foreign Land Frederick N. Bohrer 27
The Globalisation of Art Achille Bonito Oliva 41
Belonging and Not Belonging Laymert Garcia dos Santos 49
Where Here Is Elsewhere Jean Fisher 61
In Defence of Metaphor Elias Khoury 75
Spheres, Cities, Transitions: International Perspectives on Art and Culture Gerardo Mosquera 85
Prospectives for a New Classicality Boris Brollo 95
Notes on Globalisation, National Identities, and the Production of Signs Nicolas Bourriaud 101
The States of the Strait Nadia Tazi 109
Beginning with Edward Said Joseph A. Massad 119
The Sharjah Experiment 131
The 7th Sharjah Biennial Hoor Al Qasimi 133
A Place to Go Jack Persekian 137
Unfolding Identities Ken Lum 147
More than a Feeling: Issues ofCuratorial Criteria Tirdad Zolghadr 153