Item description for Unpacking Europe by Willem Boshoff, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Heri Dono, Keith Piper, Jimmie Durham, Ni Haifeng & Yinka Shonibare...
How European is Europe? In Rotterdam, the 2001 Cultural Capital of Europe, curator Salah Hassan posed this question to 18 international artists. Yinka Shonibare, Jimmie Durham, Willem Boshoff, Heri Dono, Coco Fusco, Ni Haifeng, Ken Lum, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, and Keith Piper are just a few of the artists whose non-European perspective has been brought to bear on the contradictions between the official story of Europe and its everyday reality, where heterogeneity, hybridity, and cultural influences mutually determine the norm. Edited by Iftikhar Dadi & Salah Hassan. Artists include: Willem Boshoff, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Heri Dono, Jimmie Durham, Coco Fusco, Ni Haifeng, Ken Lum, Keith Piper, Yinka Shonibare.
9.5 x 6.75 in. illustrated throughout English/Dutch
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Studio: NAi Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.5" Width: 6.84" Height: 1.58" Weight: 2.66 lbs.
Release Date Mar 15, 2002
Publisher NAi Publishers
ISBN 9056622331 ISBN13 9789056622336
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More information on Unpacking Europe Apr 24, 2002
Unpacking Europe is an exciting collection of scholarly essays and artists' projects which interrogate the historical and contemporary meanings of Europe. Examining the construction of "Europeanness," this volume focuses on the contradictions between homogenizing official narratives and everyday realities of urban life, where heterogeneity and hybridity have long been the living norms. The theme is timely, given the political climate in Europe, its shifting demographics, and the rising xenophobia and hardening of immigration policies.
Published in conjunction with the major exhibition Unpacking Europe, initiated by Rotterdam 2001-Cultural Capital of Europe, at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the volume includes a preface by Gilane Tawadros, and is composed of two parts:
Part One includes substantial essays by important scholars from around the globe rethinking various philosophical, historical, and cultural facets of Europe. The writers include Leslie Adelson, Martin Bernal, Rustom Bharucha, Susan Buck-Morss, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Rey Chow, Jimmie Durham, Fatima Eltayeb, Okwui Enwezor, Fredric Jameson, Ali Mazrui, Natalie Melas, Apinan Poshyananda, Irit Rogoff, Naoki Sakai, Ted Swedenburg, and Slavoj Zizek.
Part Two focuses on the artists' projects. It includes commissioned essays on each of the artists by well-known art critics as well as reproductions of the artists' works. The participating artists are Willem Boshoff, Magdalena Campos-Pons, Heri Dono, Coco Fusco, Ni Haifeng, Fiona Hall, Susan Hefuna, Isaac Julien, Rachid Koraichi, Ken Lum, Nalini Malani, Yvette Mattern, Johannes Phokela, Keith Piper, Anri Sala, Yinka Shonibare, Vivan Sundaram, Nasrin Tabatabai, Beate Terfloth, Carmela Uranga, Fred Wilson, and Shi Yong.
Unpacking Europe serves as an insightful reader for an academic audience. It is also essential reading for anyone who is interested in Europe's historical and contemporary role in the global context, especially in philosophical, social, and cultural contexts.
Salah Hassan is Chair of the Department of the History of Art at Cornell University. He is an art critic, curator, and editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art. He recently curated Authentic/Ex-centric, the African pavilion for the 49th Venice Biennale (2001).
Iftikhar Dadi is a doctoral candidate in the History of Art at Cornell University, and an artist who has exhibited widely.