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Occasional Paper 6: Destructivistas

Joel Cahen (2012, revised 2016)

With our present day awareness, the arts as we have known them up to now appear to us in general to be fakes fitted out with a tremendous affectation. Let us take leave of these piles of counterfeit objects on the altars, in the palaces, in the salons and the antique shops. They are an illusion with which, by human hand and by way of fraud, materials such as print, pieces of cloth, metals, clay or marble are loaded with false significance, so that, instead of just presenting their own material self, they take on the appearance of something else. Under the cloak of intellectual aim, the materials have been completely murdered and can no longer speak to us.

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“Prison Landscapes” and the Art of Incarceration

[Image: Prison Landscapes, published January 2013 by Four Corners Books].

[Image: Prison Landscapes, published January 2013 by Four Corners Books].

Photographer Alyse Emdur recently published a book called “Prison Landscapes” on her photo series that documents prison waiting rooms, many of which feature landscape paintings done by inmates and used by prisoners and their families/visitors as backdrops to their own photos. While obviously implicated in quite different cultural and political dynamics, the practice of using elaborate but not hyper-realist painted backdrops is reminiscent of photographic studio practice in other parts of the world, including India and Africa, where the image is meant to perform a particular aspirational scenario more than a documentary one. While many of the technicolor scenes clearly connote the liberated space of the outdoors–whether familiar or fantastic–some interiors (for example, a medieval castle) have more ominous overtones.…

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Call for Papers, Essays and Other Contributions: Anthropology, Ethnography and Artistic Practices

Chamada para artigos, ensaios (audio-)visuais e outros
Prazo final: 01 de Dezembro de 2012

Este dossiê temático dos Cadernos de Arte e Antropologia (CadernosAA) – “Antropologia, etnografia e práticas artísticas” – procurará contribuir para a reflexão em torno da relação entre arte, etnografia e antropologia a partir de trabalhos de investigadores e artistas posicionados em diferentes contextos.

This thematic dossier of the Journal of Art and Anthropology (CadernosAA) – “Anthropology, ethnography and artistic practices” – seek to contribute to the debate on the relationship between art, ethnography and anthropology from the work of researchers and artists placed in different contexts.

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