At work in the archive: introduction to special issue

De Jong, Ferdinand (2016) At work in the archive: introduction to special issue. World Art, 6 (1). pp. 3-17. ISSN 2150-0894

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In the last two decades, an increasing number of artists have engaged the spectres of colonialism that continue to haunt us in our postcolonial present. Interrupting established historical narratives of colonial domination, artists have started to address the legacy of imperialism by examining the colonial archive. At work in the archive, these artists examine the possibilities of decolonialising colonial subjectivities. Through the return, recuperation, and re-enactment of archives, archival art points to the potential of forgotten pasts and unanticipated futures lingering in the imperial archive. As the articles in this volume demonstrate, such archival interventions often serve an emancipatory agenda.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: art,archive,empire,decolonisation,futures,recuperation,re-enactment
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Centres > Centre for African Art and Archaeology
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Art History and World Art Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2016 13:00
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2023 00:31
DOI: 10.1080/21500894.2016.1176391


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