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Asia through Art and Anthropology Cultural Translation Across Borders

Edited By Fuyubi Nakamura, Morgan Perkins, Olivier Krischer Copyright 2013
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

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    * AWARDED BEST ANTHOLOGY BY THE ART ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND *How has Asia been imagined, represented and transferred both literally and visually across linguistic, geopolitical and cultural boundaries? This book explores the shifting roles of those who produce, critique and translate creative forms and practices, for which distinctions of geography, ethnicity, tradition and modernity have become fluid. Drawing on accounts of modern and contemporary art, film, literature, fashion and performance, it challenges established assumptions of the cultural products of Asia.Special attention is given to the role of cultural translators or 'long-distance cultural specialists' whose works bridge or traverse different worlds, with the inclusion of essays by three important artists who share personal accounts of their experiences creating and showing artworks that negotiate diverse cultural contexts.With contributions from key scholars of Asian art and culture, including art historian John Clark and anthropologist Clare Harris, alongside fresh voices in the field, Asia Through Art and Anthropology will be essential reading for students and scholars of anthropology, art history, Asian studies, visual and cultural studies.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The publication of the color plates of works by Phaptawan Suwannakudt and Savanhdary Vongpoothorn is funded by the Australian Government.

    AcknowledgementsList of ContributorsList of IllustrationsList of Color PlatesForeword - Howard Morphy, the Australian National University, AustraliaIntroduction - Fuyubi Nakamura, Tama Art University, Japan, Morgan Perkins, the State University of New York-potsdam, USA, and Olivier Krischer, Australian National University, AustraliaPart One: Art, Location and TravelAsian Artists as Long Distance Cultural Specialists in the Formation of Modernities - John Clark, the University of Sydney, Australia In and out of Place: Tibetan Artists' Travels in the Contemporary Art World - Clare Harris, University of Oxford, UKImagining 'Asian' Aesthetics in Colonial Hanoi: the École Des Beaux-arts De L'indochine (1925-45) - Phoebe Scott, University of Sydney, AustraliaComing Home: How 're-entry' Shaped the Work of a Contemporary Woman Artist in Taiwan - Natalie Seiz, the University of Sydney, AustraliaPainting on Location: Lin Haizhong and Contemporary Chinese Painting - Morgan Perkins, the State University of New York-Potsdam, USAPart Two: Artists' VoicesCatching the Moment, One Step at a Time - Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Independent Artist, Sydney, Australia Lifting Words, Floating Words - Savanhdary Vongpoothorn, Independent Artist, Canberra, Australia Typologic: Interactions Between the Intellect and the Senses - Chihiro Minato, Tama Art University, JapanPart Three: Image, Representation and Performance Some Indian 'Views of India': the Ethics of Representation - Christopher Pinney, University College London, UKFragile Polyphony: Takeda Taijun's Longing for Asia through the Landscape of Shen Congwen - Barbara Hartley, the University of Tasmania, AustraliaUnframing the Nation: The Moving Image and Its Parergon in Southeast Asia- David Teh, National University of Singapore, SingaporeThe 'Nationality' of Lolita Fashion - Masafumi Monden, the University of Technology, Sydney, AustraliaThe Impossibility of Performing 'Asia' - Catherine Diamond, Soochow University, Taipei, TaiwanIndex


    Fuyubi Nakamura is an anthropologist affiliated with Institute for Art Anthropology at Tama Art University, Japan.Morgan Perkins is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Art and Director of the Museum Studies Program at the State University of New York-Potsdam, USA.Olivier Krischer is a postdoctoral fellow with the Australian Centre on China in the World at the Australian National University, Australia.

    "Asia through Art and Anthropology is an ambitious project ... [and] a rich presentation of intercultural experiences across Asia ... The chapters are carefully chosen and thoughtfully arranged ... This is an important source not only for art historians, but also for anyone interested in the reality and diversity of Asian cultures today. - Asian Ethnology An original and wide-ranging collection that unravels the complexities of the category of translation in Asian art and aesthetics. The varied contributions by art historians, anthropologists, and artists explore multiple Asian perspectives on the translation and interpretation of art both in theory and practice. This engaging and attractive book will be of enormous value to scholars and students of Asian art and aesthetics, cultural translation, and of globalization, art and aesthetics. - James McHugh, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA Asia through Art and Anthropology highlights the lives of Asian visual artists through their life experiences and oeuvres, carving out a role for them as the negotiators of meaning in hybrid cultural situations. The book deepens our understanding of cultural expressions which are local yet transcultural, individualized yet cross borders. - Arne Røkkum, Professor, Univesity of Oslo, Norway"