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Analyzing the confluence between coloniality and activist art, Art Activism for an Anticolonial Future argues that there is much to gain from approaching contemporary politically committed art practices from the angle of anticolonial, postcolonial, and decolonial struggles. These struggles inspired a vast yet underexplored set of ideas about art and cultural practices and did so decades before the acceptance of radical artistic practices by mainstream art institutions. Carlos Garrido Castellano argues that art activism has been confined to a limited spatial and temporal framework—that of Western culture and the modernist avant-garde. Assumptions about the individual creator and the belated arrival of derivative avant-garde aesthetics to the periphery have generated a narrow view of “political art” at the expense of our capacity to perceive a truly global alternative praxis. Garrido Castellano then illuminates such a praxis, focusing attention on socially engaged art from the Global South, challenging the supposed universality of Western artistic norms, and demonstrating the role of art in promoting and configuring a collective critical consciousness in postcolonial public spheres.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
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  1. Series Information
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  1. Title
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Part 1: Undisciplining Socially Engaged Art
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  1. 1 Art Biennials And Postcolonialism’S Politics Of Discourse
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  1. 2 The Lexicon of Social Practice and Socially Engaged Art’S Futures
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  1. Part 2: Radical Affinities and the Horizon of Decolonization
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  1. 3 On Experience, Land Use, and the Threats of the Bourgeoisie: Learning From Amílcar Cabral
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  1. 4 Art, Engagement, and Popular Imagination: Around the “Missed Encounter” between Theodor Adorno and C. L. R. James
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  1. Part 3: Legacies
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  1. 5 The Boda Moment: Repositioning Socially Engaged Art in Contemporary Uganda
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  1. 6 Art and Politics in Times of Reform: The Collective and the Contemporary in Indonesia
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  1. 7 Agency and (Street) Art Politics in Beirut: On Temporary Art Platform’s Guide for Urban Intervention
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  1. Part 4: Enclosures, Apertures, and the Performative
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  1. 8 Utility, Multispecies Agency, and Speculative Study: On Ensayos
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  1. 9 Activism and Performance in the Age of Intellectual and Artistic Witch Hunting
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  1. Open Coda: Black Lives Matter and/for the Genealogies of Subversive Artistic Creativity
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  1. Notes
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. Back Cover
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