Migrations, Arts and Postcoloniality in the Mediterranean: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Migrations, Arts and Postcoloniality in the Mediterranean

1st Edition

By Celeste Ianniciello


94 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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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


About the Author

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

About the Series

Routledge Focus on Art History and Visual Studies

Routledge Focus on Art History and Visual Studies presents short-form books on varied topics within the fields of art history and visual studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / General
ART / History / General
ART / European
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ART / Art & Politics
ART / Middle Eastern
HISTORY / Africa / North
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Middle East / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies