Remote Avant-Garde: Aboriginal Art under Occupation

Author:   Jennifer Loureide Biddle
Publisher:   Duke University Press
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9780822360711


Pages:   304
Publication Date:   05 February 2016
Format:   Paperback
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In Remote Avant-Garde Jennifer Loureide Biddle models new and emergent desert Aboriginal aesthetics as an art of survival. Since 2007, Australian government policy has targeted remote Australian Aboriginal communities as at crisis level of delinquency and dysfunction. Biddle asks how emergent art responds to national emergency, from the creation of locally hunted grass sculptures to biliterary acrylic witness paintings to stop-motion animation. Following directly from the unprecedented success of the Western Desert art movement, contemporary Aboriginal artists harness traditions of experimentation to revivify at-risk vernacular languages, maintain cultural heritage, and ensure place-based practice of community initiative. Biddle shows how these new art forms demand serious and sustained attention to the dense complexities of sentient perception and the radical inseparability of art from life. Taking shape on frontier boundaries and in zones of intercultural imperative, Remote Avant-Garde presents Aboriginal art under occupation in Australia today.

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Author:   Jennifer Loureide Biddle
Publisher:   Duke University Press
Imprint:   Duke University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.50cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.499kg
ISBN:  

9780822360711


ISBN 10:   0822360713
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   05 February 2016
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii Acknowledgments xiii Introduction. The Imperative to Experiment 1 1. Humanitarian Imperialism 21 Part I. Biliteracies 2. Tangentyere Artists 41 3. June Walkutjukurr Richards 77 4. Rhonda Unurupa Dick 91 Part II. Hapticities 5. Tjanpi Desert Weavers 109 6. Warnayaka Art: Yurlpa 139 7. Yarrenyty Arltere Artists 159 Part III. Happenings 8. Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route 181 9. The Warburton Arts Project 197 Epilogue: (Not) a Lifestyle Choice 217 Notes 221 Further Resources 233 References 235 Index 257

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Introducing an entire complex array of art, film, and digital forms, Jennifer Loureide Biddle destabilizes standard divisions between urban and remote Indigenous arts and politics, and between art as representation and art as performative social intervention. She does this all while simultaneously moving readers into the social complexity of Western Desert Indigenous art and outward into contemporary Australia's broader social politics of culture and arts. Remote Avant-Garde is tour de force of aesthetic life under settler occupation that moves approaches to art, politics, and aesthetic theory in new and exciting directions. --Elizabeth A. Povinelli, author of Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism


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Jennifer Loureide Biddle is Director of Visual Anthropology & Visual Culture and Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Experimental Arts at the University of New South Wales. She is the author of Breasts, Bodies, Canvas: Central Desert Art as Experience.

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