This book examines how renewed forms of artistic activism were developed in the wake of the neoliberal repression since the 1980s.
The volume shows the diverse ways in which artists have sought to confront systemic crises around the globe, searching for new and enduring forms of building communities and reimagining the political horizon. The authors engage in a dialogue with these artistic efforts and their histories - in particular the earlier artistic activism that was developed during the civil rights era in the 1960s and 70s - providing valuable historical insight and new conceptual reflection on the future of aesthetic resilience.
This book will be of interest to scholars in contemporary art, history of art, film and literary studies, protest movements, and social movements.
Eliza Steinbock is Assistant Professor of Cultural Analysis at Leiden University's Centre for the Arts in Society.
Bram Ieven is Assistant Professor in Modern Dutch Literature and Culture at Leiden University's Centre for Arts in Society.
Marijke de Valck is Associate Professor of Media Studies at Utrecht University.
Introduction: Taking Aesthetics from Resistance to Resilience
Bram Ieven, Eliza Steinbock, and Marijke de Valck
Part 1. Resilience: Searching for New Weapons While Fleeing
1. Resilience Thinking, Storytelling and Aesthetic Resilience
Marijke de Valck
2. But does it Work in Theory? Androcentric Blind Spots and Omissions
3. Learning from Documenta: Aesthetic Resilience and the Politics of Institutionalized Art
4. Blackout: The Necropolitics of Extraction
5. Movement of Movements: Resilient Strategies in the 'Global South'
Part 2. Global Conjunctions of Aesthetic Resilience
6. Of Tricksters and Zombies: Re-imagining Outsideness in Contemporary Russian Activist Art
7. An Alloy Made from Art and Activism, in North Macedonia
8. Drones and Streets: On the Image Composition of the Tahrir and Gezi Occupations
Begüm Özden Firat
9. The Resilient City: When Social Activism meets Media Arts in Hong Kong
10. Art-activism in Decolonising a South African University Space
Part 3. Artistic Practices of Embodied Resilience
11. Feminist and Anti-Racist Graffiti: Disrupting Public Space in the 1970s in Britain
12. The Black Radical: Fungibility, Activism, and Portraiture in These Times
Syrus Marcus Ware
13. Practicing Aesthetic Resilience through Collaboration
14. Embodied Narratives: Art, Corporeality, and Creative Processes
Ana Cristina Bohrer Gilbert