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Revisiting the ethnographic turn in contemporary art

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An increasing wave of art events has occurred since the 1990s that have displayed significant similarities with anthropology and ethnography in their theorisations of cultural difference and representational practices. In this theme issue the authors aim to revisit the ethnographic turn in contemporary art by focusing on practice-led research. Contributions were collected from theorists, artists and critics, to engage critically with the ethnographic perspective in their work. Next to full research papers the authors also invited short statements and reflections by artists about their practice. In this introductory article, the issues at stake in the ethnographic turn in contemporary art are explored in greater detail.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCritical Arts
Pages (from-to)459-473
Number of pages24
StatePublished - 4-Nov-2013

Bibliographical note

“Revisiting the ethnographic turn in contemporary art”, Introductory article for Critical Arts, Kris Rutten, An van Dienderen and Ronald Soetaert, 27 (5), oktober 2013, p. 459 - 473.

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