Gender, artWork and the global imperative: A materialist feminist critique by Angela DimitrakakiGender, artWork and the global imperative: A materialist feminist critique by Angela Dimitrakaki

Gender, artWork and the global imperative: A materialist feminist critique

byAngela Dimitrakaki

Hardcover | October 31, 2013

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Is gender implicated in how art does its work, or is defined as work, in global space? Is a global imperative exclusive to capitalism's planetary expansion or does it also animate oppositional practices in art and curating? And what is new in the gendered paradigms of art after the fall of theBerlin Wall, in a persistently divided Europe and elsewhere? Angela Dimitrakaki addresses these questions in an insightful and highly original analysis of travel as artistic labour, the sexualisation of migration as a relationship between Eastern and Western Europe, the post-documentary aesthetic of the feminist video essay, the rise of female art andcuratorial collectives, the spectral re-appearance of the male working class in the museum and globalisation's "bad boys". A central aspiration of the book is to demonstrate that contemporary art and theory's turn to labour and economic relations, around 2000, compels a reviewing of feminism'sattachment to the cultural subject, practices and methodologies privileged by postmodernism. Artists and collectives discussed in the book include, among others, Marina Abramovic, Ursula Biemann, Tracey Emin, Andrea Fraser, Kuratorisk Action, Lin+Lam, Malmo Free University for Women (MFK), JennyMarketou, Renzo Martens, Dani Marti, Steve McQueen, Mujeres Publicas, Tanja Ostojic, Ann-Sofi Siden, Mare Tralla, WHW and Artur Zmijewski. This is a theoretically astute overview of key developments in art and its contexts since the 1990s and the first study to attempt a critical refocusing of feminist politics in art history in the wake of globalisation as capitalism's biopolitical arena. It will appeal be essential reading in arthistory, gender, feminist and globalisation studies, curatorial theory, cultural studies and beyond.
Angela Dimitrakaki is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Edinburgh.
Title:Gender, artWork and the global imperative: A materialist feminist critiqueFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 0.91 inPublished:October 31, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0719083591

ISBN - 13:9780719083594

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"Dimitrakaki's study reinvigorates and tests the theoretical and moral articulation of Marxism and feminism most vividly developed in Griselda Pollock's writings of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Critically acute, persistent in its interrogations and varied in its discussions of art by women,and some men, the book combines a 'pessimism of the intellect' with an 'optimism of the will' (and good humour) that ameliorates the social and political crisis at the centre of her concerns." --Jonathan Harris, Professor of Global Art and Design Studies at Winchester School of Art, author of The New Art History: A Critical Introduction and editor of Globalization and Contemporary Art