Migrant Image The Art and Politics of Documentary During Global Crisis

ISBN-10: 0822353407

ISBN-13: 9780822353409

Edition: 2013

Authors: T. J. Demos

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InThe Migrant ImageT. J. Demos examines the ways contemporary artists have reinvented documentary practices in their representations of mobile lives: refugees, migrants, the stateless, and the politically dispossessed. He presents a sophisticated analysis of how artists from the United States, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East depict the often ignored effects of globalization and the ways their works connect viewers to the lived experiences of political and economic crisis. Demos investigates the cinematic approaches Steve McQueen, the Otolith Group, and Hito Steyerl employ to blur the real and imaginary in their films confronting geopolitical conflicts between North and South. He analyzes how Emily Jacir and Ahlam Shibli use blurs, lacuna, and blind spots in their photographs, performances, and conceptual strategies to directly address the dire circumstances of dislocated Palestinian people. He discusses the disparate interventions of Walid Raad in Lebanon, Ursula Biemann in North Africa, and Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri in the United States, and traces how their works offer images of conflict as much as a conflict of images. Throughout Demos shows the ways these artists creatively propose new possibilities for a politics of equality, social justice, and historical consciousness from within the aesthetic domain.
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 3/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

T. J. Demos is a Lecturer in the Department of History of Art, University College London andthe author of The Exiles of Marcel Duchamp (MIT Press, 2007). His essays haveappeared in such journals as Artforum, Grey Room,October, and Texte zur Kunst.

Check-In: A Prelude
Charting a Course: Exile, Diaspora, Nomads, Refugees: A Genealogy of Art and Migration
Moving Images of Globalization
Indeterminacy and Bare Life in Steve McQueen's Western Deep
"Sabotaging the Future": The Essay Films of the Otolith Group
Hito Steyerl's Traveling Images
Transit: Politicizing Aesthetics
Life Full of Holes
The Art of Emily Jacir: Dislocation and Politicization
Recognizing the Unrecognized: The Photographs of Ahlam Shibli
The Right to Opacity: On the Otolith Groups Nervus Rerum
Transit: Going Offshore
Zones of Conflict
Out of Beirut: Mobile Histories and the Politics of Fiction
Video's Migrant Geography: Ursula Biemann's Sahara Chronicle
Means without End: Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri's Camp Campaign
Destination: The Politics of Aesthetics during Global Crisis
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