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Researching Culture/s and the Omitted Footnote: Questions on the Practice of Feminist Art History

Dimitrakaki, Angela (2004) Researching Culture/s and the Omitted Footnote: Questions on the Practice of Feminist Art History In, Fisher, Jean and Mosquera, Gerardo (eds.) Over Here: International Perspectives on Art and Culture. New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, The New Museum of Contemporary Art and The MIT Press pp. 88-101. (Documentary Sources in Contemporary Art).

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This book chapter, included in the section 'Heteroglossia: The Hermeneutic Trap', considers the function of feminist art history in an intercultural context. 'Hegemony' and 'ideology' are two of the critical concepts deployed to approach feminist art history as a subversive but also highly visible discourse on art originating in the West, the practice of which in an international context raises a number of issues concerning the power dynamics of research. 'Research' is here understood as a complex activity, positing the individual (researcher) and her subjects in a process of interaction that is necessarily ideologically bound. By using examples from her own research in Eastern and Southern Europe, the author considers the different and asymmetrical positions a feminist art historian can occupy today in diverse but interconnected social contexts that exist in a global space of material and cultural hierarchies. What can be 'translated' from one social context to another, via the practice of feminist art history, as well as those 'difficult' aspects of research often edited out of the final art historical text, are two of the key issues raised in this essay.

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Published date: October 2004
Additional Information: Reviewed by Susan Platt in The Art Book, 12/4, November 2005, 42-43. This is a slightly revised version of the essay under the same title published in B. Biggs, A. Dimitrakaki and J. Lamba, eds, Independent Practices: Representation, Location and History in Contemporary Visual Art, Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool 2000 (NOT previously submitted to the RAE). The 'Documentary Sources in Contemporary Art' series for which this essay was selected has publsihed several influential titles, such as Art after Modernism: Rethinking Representation, edited by Brian Wallis, and Out There: Marginalisation and Contemporary Cultures, edited by R. Ferguson, M. Geever, T. Minh-ha and C. West. Contributors to the Over Here: International Perspectives on Art and Culture volume include Lee Weng Tsoy, Carlos Vidal, Gabriel Peluffo Linari, Geeta Kapur, Chang Tsong-zung, Pam Johnston, Rustom Bharucha, Carolina Ponce de Leon, Jose Manuel Valenzuela Arce, Apinan Poshyananda, Jose Luis Brea, John Clark, Marian Pastor Roces, Edouard Glissant, Everlyn Nicodemus, Kathryn Smith, Jalal Toufic, Gustavo Buntinx, Nikos Papastergiadis, Jose Gatti and Victor Tupitsyn.
Keywords: feminist art history, interculturalism, hegemony, globalisation, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe


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ISBN: 0262134403
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Date deposited: 28 Jul 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:43

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Author: Angela Dimitrakaki
Editor: Jean Fisher
Editor: Gerardo Mosquera

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