Identity Theft

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Identity Theft

Cultural Colonisation and Contemporary Art

Tate Liverpool Critical Forum, 10


September 1st, 2008



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Identity Theft examines the complex socio-political forces that powerfully influence the production of visual art in our postcolonial and globalised world. Offering multiple and detailed case-studies drawn from around the world – the work of exiled Iranian and Palestinian artists, contemporary art in Turkey, the architectural reconstruction of Berlin since World War Two, hybrid urban development in Latin American countries, recent film in India, modern art in Nigeria, and wood sculpture in New Guinea commissioned by multinational mining companies – this collection of essays asks questions about the transformed meanings of ‘art’ and ‘identity’ in an era dominated by a hyperinternationalisation of cultural production. Identity Theft is intended for all students and academics interested in the fate of modern art and the prospects for future cultural production in a globalised art world economy.

Identity Theft presents a striking package, starting with its controversial cover design. ... this book is successful in examining the fluid, contested and political nature of identity across cultures.
Robert J. Wallis, Journal of Postcolonial Theory and Theology, Volume 2

Journal of Postcolonial Theory and Theology, Volume 2

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
1. Introduction: Curatorial Imperialism? From 'Tate in the North' to Tate Liverpool's Capital of Culture - Jonathan Harris
2. Found in Conflict - Bashir Makhoul in conversation with Gordon Hon
3. Traffic in Remains: Identity and Resistance in Recent Work by Turkish Artists - Lewis Johnson
4. Writing Identities and Constructing Heritage in Latin American Architecture - Felipe Hernandez
5. Surface Tension: Reconsidering Horizontality in the Work of Iranian 'Diaspora' Artists - Amna Malik
6. Finding your Contemporaries: The Modernities of African Art - Will Rea
7. 'Lovers of LIfe ' for Heterogenous Time - Nicole Wolf
8. 'United Colours of Papau': Kamoro Arts and Cultural Appropriation - Karen Jacobs
9. Striking: The Right to Strike/ The Striking Image/ Striking the Right - Nicholas Mirzoeff
10. 'All that is solid melts into air' but 'I can't change anything': On the Identity of the Artist in the Networks of Global Capital - Angela Dimitrakaki
11. Identity Theft : Stealing, Faking, Forging in Contemporary Art - Laura Sillars
List of Contributors