Photography and Postcolonial Perspectives in Contemporary Art
Initiated and edited by Sara Blokland and Asmara Pelupessy, UNFIXED examines photography in postcolonial perspective through the diverse critical positions of an international group of writers, artists and scholars working within contemporary art, photography and cultural analysis.
This publication is the finishing work of a multiplatform project that included an artist residency, exhibition, workshop and symposium. As a whole, UNFIXED engaged topics of cultural identity and history together with strategies of artistic research, photo theory and contemporary practices around making, using, studying and writing about photographs.
Produced especially for this publication, UNFIXED presents new voices and visions in the form of nine visual and textual essays. These essays take unique stands towards photography and its history through an unconventional range of approaches and styles. Together with documentation of the different stages of the project, the essays explore topics such as the migration and circulation of photography, vernacular photography, archives, memory, diaspora, self-representation, appropriation, visual sovereignty, exoticism and cultural protocol.
Investigating how photography can be ‘unfixed’ through contemporary conceptual, theoretical and visual approaches, UNFIXED presents new critical perspectives on photography in relation to the cultural conditions of postcolonialism.
With contributions by:
Kobena Mercer (1960 UK), Keith Piper (1960 UK), Otobong Nkanga (1974 NG/FR), Hank Willis Thomas (1976 US), Charif Benhelima (1967 BE), Naro Snackey (1980 NL), Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (1954 US), Andrea Stultiens (1974 NL), Pamela Pattynama (1958 NL), Yamini Nayar (1975 US), Natalie Robertson (1962 NZ), Rattana Vandy (1980 KH), Terry Kurgan (ZA), Quinsy Gario (1984 CU/SM), Sandim Mendes (1986 NL), Habda Rashid (1971 UK), Lizza May David (1975 DE), Murtaza Vali (1974 IN), Kaddu Wasswa John (1933 UG), Arthur Conrad Kisitu (1975 UG)
Graphic design by Yvonne van Versendaal
Published by UNFIXED Projects and Jap Sam Books
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