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Art and Visibility in Migratory Culture

This book explores the idea that art can enact small-scale resistances against the status quo in the social domain. These acts, which we call "little resistances," determine the limited yet potentially powerful political impact of art. From different angles, seventeen authors consider the spaces where art events occur as "political spaces," and explore how such spaces host events of disagreements in migratory culture. The newly coined word "migratory" refers to the sensate traces of the movements of migration that characterize contemporary culture. In other words, movement is not an exceptional occurrence in an otherwise stable world, but a normal, generalized process in a world that cannot be grasped in terms of any given notion of stability. Thus the book offers fresh reflections on art's power to move people, in the double sense of that verb, and shows how it helps to illuminate migratory culture's contributions to this process.
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Mieke Bal and Miguel A. Hernandez-Navarro: Introduction Art Matters: Metaphor, Materiality, and Knowledge Nestor Garcia Canclini: Migrants: Workers of Metaphors Paulina Aroch Fugellie: The Place of Metaphor in a Metonymic World: On Homi Bhabha's `Democracy De-Realized' Cornelia Grabner: Immigrants and Castaways: Smuggling Genres in Manuel Rivas's La mano del emigrante Astrid van Weyenberg: Staging Transition: The Oresteia in Post-Apartheid South Africa Sudeep Dasgupta: The Aesthetic of Displacement and the Performance of Migration Becoming Visible: Display as Tactics Jill Bennett: Migratory Aesthetics: Art and Politics beyond Identity Begum OEzden Firat: The Seventh Man: Migration, Politics, and Aesthetics Maaike Bleeker: Limited Visibility Niamh Ann Kelly: Transgressing Time: Imagining an Exhibition of Works by Alanna O'Kelly and Phil Collins Patricia Pisters: The Mosaic Film: Nomadic Style and Politics in Transnational Media Culture Miguel A. Hernandez-Navarro: Out of Synch: Visualizing Migratory Times through Video Art Tension: Intention, Contention Mieke Bal: Heterochrony in the Act: The Migratory Politics of Time Noa Roei: Molding Resistance: Aesthetics and Politics in the Struggle of Bil'in against the Wall Mireille Rosello: Ismael Ferroukhi's Babelized Road Movie Sonja Neef: Interstellar Hospitality: Missions of Star House Enterprise Isabel Hoving: Opacity and Openness: Creating New Senses of Dutchness Joaquin Barriendos Rodriguez: Global Art and Politics of Mobility: (Trans)Cultural Shifts in the International Contemporary Art-System The Contributors Index

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