Productive Failure: Writing Queer Transnational South Asian Art Histories
ISBN: 1526132524
EAN13: 9781526132529
Language: English
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 0.87" H x 9.21" L x 6.14" W
Weight: 1.11 lbs.
Format: Paperback

Productive Failure: Writing Queer Transnational South Asian Art Histories

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This book sets out to write new transnational South Asian art histories, making visible the histories of artworks that have been marginalized within the discipline. It does this through a deliberate 'productive failure' - rejecting the dominant genealogical methodology in favour of a more active, performative approach. To investigate what this means for how we 'do' art history, the book considers an array of conventional frames - authorship, subject matter, form - but only as points of departure for exploring artworks and the broader visual culture. It also examines 'whiteness', the invisible ground upon which racialized art histories often pivot, as a fraught yet productive site for writing art history. In effect, the book queers or destabilizes conventional approaches to writing South Asian art histories. It then proceeds to explore alternative forms of art-historical 'writing' autoethnographic narratives relating experiential knowledge of space, curatorial knowledge-making via exhibitions organized by the author, and affective encounters with visual culture. This queering offers a more sited, nuanced and encompassing method for generating art history, one that acknowledges the complex web of factors within which art and its history are produced, as well as the different forms of knowledge-production that can be counted as art history.

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