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Author Eaton, Natasha, author.

Title Colour, Art and Empire : Visual Culture and the Nomadism of Representation / Natasha Eaton
Edition First edition
Published London, England : I.B. Tauris, 2019
[London, England] : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (432 pages) : illustrations
Series International library of visual culture ; 12
International library of visual culture ; 12
Contents List of illustrations -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction: Chromo Zones and the Nomadism of Colour -- 1. Alchemy, Painting and Revolution in India, c. 1750-1860 -- 2. Supplement, Subaltern Art, Design and Dyeingin Britain and South Asia, c.1851-c.1905 -- 3. Part 1: Still Dreaming of the Blue Flower? Race, Anthropology and the Colour Sense -- 3. Part 2: Creole Laboratory: Anthropology and Affect in the Torres Strait -- 4. Swadeshi Colour Through the Philtre/Filter of Indian Nationalism, c.1905-c.1947 -- Postscript with a Rag and a Knife -- Notes -- Index
Summary "Colour, Art and Empire explores the entanglements of visual culture, enchanted technologies, waste, revolution, resistance and otherness. The materiality of colour offers a critical and timely force-field for approaching afresh debates on colonialism. This book analyses the formation of colour and politics as qualitative overspill. Colour can be viewed both as central and supplemental to early photography, the totem, alchemy, tantra and mysticism. From the eighteenth-century Austrian Empress Maria Theresa to Rabindranath Tagore and Gandhi, to 1970s Bollywood, colour makes us adjust our take on the politics of the human sensorium as defamiliarising and disorienting. The four chapters conjecture how European, Indian and Papua New Guinean artists, writers, scientists, activists, anthropologists or their subjects sought to negotiate the highly problematic stasis of colour in the repainting of modernity. Specifically, the thesis of this book traces Europeans' admiration and emulation of what they termed 'Indian colour' to its gradual denigration and the emergence of a 'space of exception'. This space of exception pitted industrial colours against the colonial desire for a massive workforce whose slave-like exploitation ignited riots against the production of pigments - most notably indigo. Feared or derided, the figure of the vernacular dyer constituted a force capable of dismantling the imperial machinations of colour. Colour thus wreaks havoc with Western expectations of biological determinism, objectivity and eugenics. Beyond the cracks of such discursive practice, colour becomes a sentient and nomadic retort to be pitted against a perceived colonial hegemony. The ideological reinvention of colour as a resource for independence struggles make it fundamental to multivalent genealogies of artistic and political action and their relevance to the present."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Art -- Political aspects.
Colonies in art.
Color in art.
Art styles not defined by date.
Art -- Political aspects.
Colonies in art.
Color in art.
political art.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0755603532
Other Titles Color, Art and Empire