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Travel, Art and Collecting in South Asia
Vertiginous Exchange

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ISBN 9781409409465
November 30, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages - 22 Color & 30 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Travel, Art and Collecting in South Asia questions what might be ideas of vertiginous collecting, art making and museums as expanded fields, including wonder houses, missionary museums or museobuses, in Britain and South Asia.

If the historiography of British India has privileged photography and the 'Imperial Picturesque', the emphasis here is on the formation of a creole modernity, one that considers the relationships between art and labour, including pearlescence and pearl fishing in Sri Lanka, and the iconoclastic/fetish debates and forms of collecting amongst missionaries. Eaton explores these themes alongside the genealogies and modernities of white(ness) in contemporary curating and amateur female practice, and how the museobus or museum as a unique object has informed the work of contemporary artist group Raqs Media Collective. 

This book will be of interest to scholars in art history, Asian history, and imperial and colonial history.

Table of Contents

1. Eye of the Pearl: Archaic Labour, Fisheries and Waste in South Asia

2. Idol Worn: Missionaries, Museums and the Deodand in London and South Asia

3. Pure White: Shades of Political Economy

4. 'With Respect to Residue': RAQS Media Collective and the Decolonial Museum as UFO

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Natasha Eaton is Reader in the History of Art at University College London, UK.