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Art & the Politics of Visibility – Book launch & reception

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Book Launch and Reception

This event celebrates the publication of Art & the Politics of Visiblity: Contesting the Global, Local and the In-between (IB Tauris).

At the launch/reception, Zeena Feldman (King's College London) will reflect on recent formations and circulations of politically charged imagery. Paying particular attention to Black Lives Matter and #metoo, the talk will examine how digital practices of representation intersect with existing power structures. We will also screen artist Rachel Garfield's You're Joking (2005), and showcase other artworks featured in the volume.

Copies of Art & the Politics of Visibility will be available for purchase at this event.

About the book

An unabashedly interdisciplinary collection, this book troubles the relationship between visual culture and contemporary politics. How do current political crises and fractious identity politics intersect with practices of representation? How does cultural context affect the political meaning – and power – of art? What makes artists' work transnational or national in character, and how does either label impact dynamics of recognition, (mis)understanding and success? Such questions are explored through case studies in art, cinema, literature, fashion and social media, and through works by Titus Kaphar, Sara Maple, Shirin Neshat, J.M. Coetzee, Barbara Walker, Yang Fudong, Xu Bing and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Contributors include Chris Berry (KCL), Juliet Steyn, M.I. Franklin (Goldsmiths), Rachel Garfield, Janet Harbord (Queen Mary) and Zeena Feldman.


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‘Things do not get seen by simply existing. In the world of visual culture, visibility remains highly political and a much-contested concept that touches upon issues of identity and representation, ethics and recognition, responsibility and justice. This rich collection... is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the vicissitudes of (in)visibility’.
Btihaj Ajana, Senior Lecturer in Culture, Digital Humanities and Creative Industries, King's College London

‘This is an extraordinary book. Genuinely transnational and transdisciplinary, it troubles borders and asks important questions about art, politics, representation and visibility. In doing so it opens up new ethical, intellectual and political spaces for thinking about visual culture. An exciting and contemporary read it will be of interest to artists, students, philosophers, sociologists, media scholars, film-makers and journalists- and anyone interested in the spectacular visuality of our rapidly-changing world'.
Rosalind Gill, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, City University of London

‘Art and the Politics of Visibility provides a lively and productive space for academic debates between visual culture, critical theory and transnationalism to meet, to develop and to exchange. It is wide-ranging in scope, moving from feminist arguments over the veil to the precarities of Chinese art, from the hospitality of Thai cinema to racializations of UK video production. A powerful concern with ethics, borders and transnational knowledge exchange runs throughout this thoughtful collection, which will be of great interest to scholars across a range of disciplines’.
Jo Littler, Reader in the Centre for Culture and Creative Industries, City University of London

‘At a time when interdisciplinarity has largely ceased posing the exciting challenges that it posed 30 years ago and has been comfortably assumed into old orders of discourse, along comes Zeena Feldman with Art and the Politics of Visibility to reassert the radical possibilities of such work. Bravo to her and her brilliant contributors’.
Toby Miller, Visiting Professor for the Department of Social Communication at Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia



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Order online at www.ibtauris.com and enter the discount code VISIBILITY17. Offer expires 31/12/17.
Special Offer Price £41.30 (RRP £59.00)
Hardback | 256 pages | 216 x 134 mm | 9781780769066 | October 2017

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