1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Decolonizing Art, Craft, and Visual Culture Education

Edited By Manisha Sharma, Amanda Alexander Copyright 2023
    428 Pages 131 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This companion demonstrates how art, craft, and visual culture education activate social imagination and action that is equity- and justice-driven. Specifically, this book provides arts-engaged, intersectional understandings of decolonization in the contemporary art world that cross disciplinary lines.

    Visual and traditional essays in this book combine current scholarship with pragmatic strategies and insights grounded in the reality of socio-cultural, political, and economic communities across the globe. Across three sections (creative shorts, enacted encounters, and ruminative research), a diverse group of authors address themes of histories, space and land, mind and body, and the digital realm. Chapters highlight and illustrate how artists, educators, and researchers grapple with decolonial methods, theories, and strategies—in research, artmaking, and pedagogical practice. Each chapter includes discursive questions and resources for further engagement with the topics at hand.

    The book is targeted towards scholars and practitioners of art education, studio art, and art history, K-12 art teachers, as well as artist educators and teaching artists in museums and communities.


    PART I Creative Shorts

    1. A Is For Alphabet: Reimagining Language And Mastery As A Creative Meandering 
    2. Marianna Pegno and Anh-Thuy Nguyen

    3. Critical Reflections on Teaching as a Decolonial Practice 
    4. Maria Leake

    5. Angrez chale gaye, Angrezi chod gaye: Post-coloniality of Language 
      Nupur Manoj Sachdeva
    6. Mind the sky (or forgetting and the imposed futurity of the present): A poem 
    7. Shanita Bigelow

    8. Assembling Desire 
    9. Leon Tan, Mriganka Madhukaillya and Cristina Bogdan

    10. lutruwita/Tasmania’s Fauna: Artistic Imaginings With Native Wildlife  
    11. Suzanne Crowley

    12. Reclaiming Dreams of our Shared Future: Decolonizing Metanarratives Around What Can/Should/Will Be Through Imaginative Diegesis 
    13. Stephanie Jones and James F. Woglom

    14. A Palimpsest of Pulverization in Occupied Palestine: Artistic Intervention as Counter-Representation on the Mediterranean Coast 
    15. Taylor Miller

    16. Time to Trespass: Annotations to 13 Appearances 
    17. Raqs Media Collective

    18. From Art to Artifact: A Sestina on Public Art Policy in Confederate Monument Removal Case Law 
    19. Kristi W. Arth

    20. Co-Creating Fine Arts Learning: Decolonial & Intersectional Strategies 
    21. Logan McDonald

    22. Hilando Historias y Territorios: Textile Cartography of Contemporary Indigenous Communities 
    23. Bianca Castillero-Vela

      PART II Enacted Encounters 

    24. In Fontaine’s Footsteps: Students’ Visual Essays Tackle the Difficult History of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools 
      Agnieszka Chalas and Michael Pitblado
    25. Unsettling Colonial Narratives in the Art Museum 
    26. Grace VanderVliet and Ozi Uduma

    27. Transborder Provocaciones through Lozano-Hemmer's Border Tuner | Sintonizador Fronterizo Public Art Installation 
    28. Andrea Blancas Beltran and León De la Rosa Carrillo

    29. Creating Máscar(a/illa)s: A Decolonizing Us-ing 
    30. Rebecca Christ, Bretton Varga and Timothy Monreal

    31. Decolonization of Theater Education: An Examination of the Collective Creative Process Through Culturally Relevant Pedagogy 
    32. Maria Cristina Leite, Luiz Ernesto Fraga, Marcio Saretta et al.

    33. Cultural Networking, Storytelling and Zoom during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Conversations with African-Caribbeans on using a Decolonized Digital Arts-based Educational Platform 
    34. Judith Bruce-Golding and Sue Brown

    35. Art as a Bridge for Decolonizing Grief and Accessing My Neuroqueer Spirit 
    36. Corey Reutlinger

    37. Transgressive Enactments: Research-Creation as Anti-Colonial Praxis 
    38. Kimberley White

    39. Outside the Classroom & Outside the Books: Extending the Classroom for "Antiessentialist" Curriculum  
    40. Rebecka Black and Thomas Keefe

    41. Explorations for Decolonizing the Curriculum Regarding Technology   
    42. Michelle Tillander

    43. Activating Curiosity, Heart, and Artistic Identity to Engage Ecojustice 
      Jonathan Silverman
    44. Imagining our Neighborhood of Nonhuman Residents: Sensorial Attunement as Ecological Aesthetic Inquiry 
    45. Cala Coats, Shagun Singha, Steven Zuiker et al.

    46. Root A/r/tography from Native Seeds   
      Jun Hu, Xueyin Li, Lipeng Jin et al.
    47. PART III Ruminative Research 

    48. Artistic Practice as Land Acknowledgement 
    49. Prashast Kachru

    50. Beyond the Veneer of Modernism: Aesthetics, Post-Africanity and the ‘Multiversum’ Narrative 
    51. Frank AO Ugiomoh

    52. Exorcising the Colonialist: The Cuna Figures of the San Blas Islands and other Forms of Mimesis and Mimicry 
    53. Alice Wexler

    54. A Critique of Grand Hegemony: Disrupting Historical Valuations of Public Space
      Through Pervasive Gaming 
    55. Lillian Lewis and Veronica Hicks

    56. Art Education and entangled knowledge in the digital age: Learning from Tabita Rezaire’s Premium Connect 
    57. Kristin Klein

    58. Raranga and Tikanga Pā Harakeke – An Indigenous Model of Socially Engaged Art and Education 
    59. Leon Tan and Tanya White

    60. Decolonization and the Degeneralization of Time in Art Education Historiography 
      Juuso Tervo
    61. Nepantlando: A Borderlands Approach to Curating, Art Practice, and Teaching 
    62. Leslie C. Sotomayor II and Christen Sperry García

    63. Crafting Criticality Into My Wayfaring Jewish Ancestors’ Colonial Trade Connections 
    64. Esther Fitzpatrick

    65. Decolonizing Blood, Body and Brain: From the Visual Practices of Jonathan Kim 
      Boram Lee and Jonathan Kim
    66. Decolonizing Formal Art Education in Germany 

    Ernst Wagner

    37. Towards Frontiers of Decolonization in Contemporary Nigerian Art Markets 

    Samuel Egwu Okoro and Soiduate Ogoye-Atanga

    38. Histories and Pedagogics from the Underside(s) of Modernity 

    Dalida María Benfield and Christopher Bratton



    Manisha Sharma is Professor and Chair of Art Education at the University of North Texas, Denton, USA. She is an arts educator, artist, and researcher focused on how perceptions of culture and community are formed, internalized, and acted out within various communities, through the production and consumption of art and visual culture artefacts.

    Amanda Alexander is Professor and Chair of the Art Department at Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, USA. She is a community-engaged arts researcher who connects with sites of cultural and artistic (re)production including schools, museums, community arts organizations, and international cooperative groups. Dr. Alexander is centrally concerned with art education students’ ability to be more civically engaged individuals, see art as a means to make meaning, and have an interdisciplinary, global perspective.

    "This book is for those that are searching for theory, curriculum, and pedagogy through the lens of self-determination. It is divided into three sections. The authors include engaging questions at the end of the chapters that assist in providing self-reflection. … Incredible!" Christine Ballengee-Morris, The Ohio State University, USA

    "This remarkable book centers art and art education as a powerful force for postcolonialism and decolonization. With a tremendous range of diverse international voices taking up an exciting range of scholarship, the book is truly one of a kind. It is magnificently unique in its embrace of decolonization as a focus for rethinking the structures and content of education and as a rebellious text that questions the colonized norms of scholarship by offering an array of artful, reflexive, and performative texts. An utterly powerful book that all art educators must read!" Rita L. Irwin, The University of British Columbia, Canada

    "Art as a concept is not currently built upon a foundation by which diverse humans demonstrate their self-determined creative, aesthetic and meaning-making capacity. Instead, systems of colonization continue to largely limit the engagement of our imaginations across worldviews. This book is one embarkation for building the creative consciousness necessary for diverse humans finally to breathe life into art and the world." Cristóbal Martinez, Arizona State University, USA