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Author Demos, T. J., author.

Title The migrant image : the art and politics of documentary during global crisis / T.J. Demos
Published Durham ; London : Duke University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 335 pages, 16 unnumbers pages of color plates) : illustrations, map
Contents Check-in: a prelude -- Charting a course: Exile, diaspora, nomads, refugees: a genealogy of art and migration -- Departure A. Moving images of globalization -- Indeterminacy and bare life in Steve McQueen's Western deep -- Sabotaging the future? : the essay-films of the Otolith Group -- Hito Steyerl's traveling images -- Transit: politicizing aesthetics -- Departure B. Life full of holes -- The art of Emily Jacir : dislocation and politicization -- Recognizing the unrecognized : the photographs of Ahlam Shibli -- The right to opacity : on the Otolith Group's Nervus rerum -- Transit: going offshore -- Departure C. Zones of conflict -- Out of Beirut : mobile histories and the politics of fiction -- Video's migrant geography: Ursula Biemann's Sahara chronicle -- Means without end : Anastas and Rene Gabri's Camp campaign -- Destination : the politics of aesthetics during global crisis
Summary "Demos examines the ways contemporary artists have reinvented documentary practices in their representations of mobile lives: refugees, migrants, the stateless, and the politically dispossessed. He presents a sophisticated analysis of how artists from the United States, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East depict the often ignored effects of globalization and the ways their works connect viewers to the lived experiences of political and economic crisis. Demos investigates the cinematic approaches Steve McQueen, the Otolith Group, and Hito Steyerl employ to blur the real and imaginary in their films confronting geopolitical conflicts between North and South. He analyzes how Emily Jacir and Ahlam Shibli use blurs, lacuna, and blind spots in their photographs, performances, and conceptual strategies to directly address the dire circumstances of dislocated Palestinian people. He discusses the disparate interventions of Walid Raad in Lebanon, Ursula Biemann in North Africa, and Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri in the United States, and traces how their works offer images of conflict as much as a conflict of images. Throughout Demos shows the ways these artists creatively propose new possibilities for a politics of equality, social justice, and historical consciousness from within the aesthetic domain."--Page 4 of cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-322) and index
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Subject Art and society.
Arts and globalization.
Culture and globalization.
Documentary mass media and the arts.
Emigration and immigration in art.
24.31 theory and aesthetics of film art.
ART / Art & Politics
ART -- Performance.
ART -- Reference.
Art and Design.
Art and Design.
Art and society.
Arts and globalization.
Culture and globalization.
Documentary mass media and the arts.
Emigration and immigration in art.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0822395754
9780822395751