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By Veronica Tello

Restrictive border defense regulations directed towards coping with the stream of refugees entering neoliberal democracies (and out of failing realms) are a defining characteristic of latest politics. during this ebook, Verónica Tello analyses how modern artists-such as Tania Bruguera, Isaac Julien, Rosemary Laing, Dinh Q. Lé, Dierk Schmidt, Hito Steyerl, Lyndell Brown and Charles Green-negotiate their various topic positions whereas addressing and collaborating within the construction of pictures linked to refugee reports and histories. Tello argues that their practices, which take place throughout quite a number contexts together with Cuba, the U.S., Australia and Europe, characterize an emergent, worldwide paradigm of up to date artwork, 'counter-memorial aesthetics'.

Counter-Memorial Aesthetics, Tello argues, is characterised via its conjunction of heterogeneous signifiers and voices of again and again and areas, producing an experimental, non-teleological method of the development of up to date historical past, which additionally takes under consideration the complicated, disorienting spatial impacts of globalization. Spanning functionality artwork, experimental 'history painting', aftermath images and video install, counter-memorial aesthetics convey to the fore, Tello argues, how modern refugee flows and comparable disturbing occasions significantly problem and clash with many latest, drained if no longer additionally obdurate notions of nationwide id, borders, background and reminiscence.

Building at the writings of such thinkers as Michel Foucault and Jacques Rancière, this e-book bargains an invaluable thought of 'counter-memory' for the twenty-first century. It exhibits how counter-memorial aesthetics is not just critical to the nexus of up to date paintings and refugee histories but in addition the way it can supply a fashion of being severely current with many different, usually interrelated, international crises within the modern era.

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