Miguel Ángel Hernández
Miguel Ángel Hernández

Art and Visibility in Migratory Culture

Conflict, Resistance, and Agency

Editores: Mieke Bal y Miguel Á. Hernández Navarro

Editorial Rodopi
Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2011, 345 pp.
Pb: 978-90-420-3263-7
€ 69 / US$ 93



This book explores the idea that art can enact small-scale resistances against the status quo in the social domain. These acts, which we call "little resistances," determine the limited yet potentially powerful political impact of art. From different angles, seventeen authors consider the spaces where art events occur as "political spaces," and explore how such spaces host events of disagreements in migratory culture. The newly coined word "migratory" refers to the sensate traces of the movements of migration that characterize contemporary culture. In other words, movement is not an exceptional occurrence in an otherwise stable world, but a normal, generalized process in a world that cannot be grasped in terms of any given notion of stability. Thus the book offers fresh reflections on art's power to move people, in the double sense of that verb, and shows how it helps to illuminate migratory culture's contributions to this process.





Mieke Bal and Miguel Á. Hernández-Navarro: Introduction


Art Matters: Metaphor, Materiality, and Knowledge

Néstor García Canclini: Migrants: Workers of Metaphors
Paulina Aroch Fugellie: The Place of Metaphor in a Metonymic World: On Homi Bhabha's 'Democracy De-Realized'
Cornelia Gräbner: Immigrants and Castaways: Smuggling Genres in Manuel Rivas's La mano del emigrante
Astrid van Weyenberg: Staging Transition: The Oresteia in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Sudeep Dasgupta: The Aesthetic of Displacement and the Performance of Migration


Becoming Visible: Display as Tactics
Jill Bennett: Migratory Aesthetics: Art and Politics beyond Identity
Begüm Özden Firat: The Seventh Man: Migration, Politics, and Aesthetics
Maaike Bleeker: Limited Visibility
Niamh Ann Kelly: Transgressing Time: Imagining an Exhibition of Works by Alanna O'Kelly and Phil Collins
Patricia Pisters: The Mosaic Film: Nomadic Style and Politics in Transnational Media Culture
Miguel Á. Hernández-Navarro: Out of Synch: Visualizing Migratory Times through Video Art


Tension: Intention, Contention
Mieke Bal: Heterochrony in the Act: The Migratory Politics of Time
Noa Roei: Molding Resistance: Aesthetics and Politics in the Struggle of Bil'in against the Wall
Mireille Rosello: Ismaël Ferroukhi's Babelized Road Movie
Sonja Neef: Interstellar Hospitality: Missions of Star House Enterprise
Isabel Hoving: Opacity and Openness: Creating New Senses of Dutchness
Joaquín Barriendos Rodríguez: Global Art and Politics of Mobility: (Trans)Cultural Shifts in the International Contemporary Art-System

The Contributors


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