The Contemporary Art Scene in Syria: Social Critique and an Artistic Movement, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Contemporary Art Scene in Syria

Social Critique and an Artistic Movement, 1st Edition

By Charlotte Bank

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192 pages | 37 B/W Illus.

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Description

This book focuses on the expanding contemporary art scene in Syria, particularly Damascus, during the first decade of the twenty-first century.

The decade was characterized by a high degree of experimentation as young artists began to work with artistic media that were new in Syria, such as video, installation and performance art. They were rethinking the role of artists in society and looking for ways to reach audiences in more direct manners and address socio-cultural and socio-political issues.

The book will be of interest for scholars of global and Middle Eastern art studies, and also for scholars interested in the recent social and cultural history of Syria and the wider Middle East.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. "Culture is Humanity’s Highest Needs": Art and Artists between Autonomy and Coercion

2. Commitment, Critique and the Power of Imagination

3. Creating Meaning in Visual art: Technique, Critique and Subject Matter

4. Singing in the Kingdom of Silence: Syrian Artists and the International Art World

Conclusion

About the Author

Charlotte Bank is an art historian and independent curator with a PhD in Arabic from the University of Geneva.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

This series is our home for innovative research in the fields of art and visual studies. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into visual culture and art practice, theory, and research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART015000
ART / History / General
ART015110
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ART037000
ART / Art & Politics
ART047000
ART / Middle Eastern
ART057000
ART / Film & Video
ART060000
ART / Performance
HIS026000
HISTORY / Middle East / General
POL033000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization
POL042030
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Fascism & Totalitarianism
POL059000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern
POL065000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Media & Internet