Sacred Exchanges: Images in Global Context

Kobo ebook | March 27, 2012

byRobyn Ferrell

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The term title” has multiple senses--as a claim to identity or social status, as an assertion of rights, as proof of ownership, as a designation of a work of art. In Untitled Robyn Ferrell contrasts these associations so characteristic of the first world with the status of indigenous peoples. She uses as an example a school of Aboriginal Australian women’s art that has achieved significant international success in the contemporary art world. The work bears a strong superficial resemblance to Abstract Expressionism, yet, as Ferrell shows so beautifully, to see it in the guise of comparative aesthetics is to miss completely their widely divergent ontologies, logics of sensation, and relation to politics and religion.

Ferrell also relates the Aboriginal case to other issues on the postcolonial agenda, including Truth and Reconciliation hearings in South Africa, art and Inuit and South Pacific economies, and female circumcision in the first and third worlds. She uses contemporary theory as a means to explore the nature of the European gaze” on the cultures of others, asking why it is so captivated by them and what in its own tradition is sacred. Without an understanding of the influence of the dominant European aesthetic of the real, she concludes, the possibility of intercultural dialogue, whether on politics or art (and in fact they are inseparable), is not possible.

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The term title” has multiple senses--as a claim to identity or social status, as an assertion of rights, as proof of ownership, as a designation of a work of art. In Untitled Robyn Ferrell contrasts these associations so characteristic of the first world with the status of indigenous peoples. She uses as an example a school of Aborigi...

Robyn Ferrell is a research fellow in the Gender and Cultural Studies Department at the University of Sydney and has taught at the University of Melbourne, Macquarie University, and the University of Tasmania. She has also held visiting research positions at the London School of Economics and the University of Western Sydney and is th...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:March 27, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Photographs
Writing on Art
Art
Utopia
Dreaming
Abstraction
Striking Color
The Real Power of Color
How Painting Began
Culture
Global Art, Local Knowledge
The Idea of the Museum
In Translation
A White Thing
Image Logic
Photojournalism
Gender
Stolen Culture
Litte Children Are Sacred
Mum's the Word
Crisis in Representation
Race and Gender
Law
Common Law
Feeling for Justice
Apartheid
Discovery
Radical Difference
Emily Inc.
References
Index

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Through the lens of the Australian Aboriginal art movement Ferrell confronts the reader with some surprising truths about the world we live in and the myopic and murderous callousness which makes us inattentive to these realities.