1st Edition

Migrations, Arts and Postcoloniality in the Mediterranean

ISBN 9781138479609
Published May 4, 2018 by Routledge
94 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book is focused on the transcultural memory of the Mediterranean region and the different ways it is articulated by contemporary art practices and museum projects linked to migrations, exile, diaspora and transnationality. The artistic and curatorial examples analysed in this study articulate a critical relationship between the cultural representations and the sense of heritage, property and belonging, offering the opportunity of a more problematic and stimulating vision of the preservation of the European arts, traditions and histories. Artists and projects examined include the project Porto M in Lampedusa, Zineb Sedira, Ursula Biemann, Lara Baladi, Mona Hatoum, Emily Jacir, Kader Attia and Walid Raad.

Table of Contents


Part One: Frames

Spaces and Borders, Transits and Repositioning

  • The Geography of Barriers and the Politics of Patrol
  • Border-crossings: Feminisms and the Bodies of Knowledge
  • Differencing the Canon: The Autobiography of Becoming
  • Collage Poetics and the Art of the Relations

Part Two: Narrations

Transcultural Memories and Migrations

  • The Postcolonial Art and The World-Museum
  • Lampedusa: a Living Archive of Modernity
  • The Fluid (Auto)biography of Zineb Sedira
  • Ursula Biemann’s Videocartography and the Ecology of Art
  • The Matri-Archive of the Mediterranean

Part Three: Installations

Heritage, Belonging and Out-of-Place Legacies

  • Lara Baladi’s Heterotopic Landscapes
  • Mona Hatoum’s Displacing Maps
  • Emily Jacir’s Reconfigured Properties and Identities
  • Kader Attia and Walid Raad’s Reappropriations


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Celeste Ianniciello is an independent researcher and member of the Centre for Postcolonial and Gender Studies, University of Naples "L’Orientale".