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INDEPENDENT PRACTICES: Representation, Location and History in Contemporary Visual Art

INDEPENDENT PRACTICES: Representation, Location and History in Contemporary Visual Art is the result of a collaboration between Sajid Rizvi, Saffron Books, Liverpool’s Bluecoat Arts Centre and various artists who feature in other EAPGROUP projects. Buy this book.

9781872843247INDEPENDENT PRACTICES: Representation, Location and History in Contemporary Visual Art (ISBN 9781872843247), jointly edited by Bryan Biggs, Angela Dimitrakaki and Juginder Lamba, includes reflections on diasporic experiences and artistic practice in exile. The experience of exile was central to the 20th century.

The book offers the premise that Diaspora, migration and the refugee mark our epoch, whilst the experience of internal exile – the sense of not belonging – is equally widespread. Independent Practices explores the reverberations of this theme for art and culture, focussing on visual arts practice through contributions from UK and international artists and writers.

The book includes commissioned essays by Sean Cubitt, Angela Dimitrakaki, Everlyn Nicodemus and Niru Ratnam, and contributions from Tim Brennan, Mohini Chandra, Iftikhar Dadi, Permindar Kaur, Pervaiz Khan, Balraj Khanna, Juginder Lamba and Surjit Simplay, all artists included in Independent Thoughts, an exhibition series organised in 1997 in response to the theme of Independence in the context of the 50th Anniversary of India’s Independence and the Partition of Pakistan.

Within current critical debates, there is a sense in which identity politics has been exhausted. Independent Practices aims to address its subject in a fresh way, providing an informed and stimulating contribution – through texts and artists’ pages – to discourses around cultural practice, nationalism, gender and notions of independence.

Explorations of histories, both personal and political, are interwoven with more theoretical perspectives and a geographical spread that takes in the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the UK. Publication of the book was funded by Arts Council England, CAIR and the Independent Thoughts Consortium. There were a series of launches of Independent Practices this autumn, including at the Bluecoat Arts Centre on Wednesday 31 October 6.00 – 8.00pm.

Only a few copies are in print and some are available from Saffron Books and Art bookshop.

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