Decolonising the Museum
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145 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

33 colour. Illustrations

Series: Tamesis Studies in Popular and Digital Cultures

Imprint: Tamesis Books

Decolonising the Museum

The Curation of Indigenous Contemporary Art in Brazil

by Thea Pitman

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Explores the scope that there is for Indigenous curatorial agency in the relationship of Indigenous contemporary art with the 'art world'.
This monograph focuses on the current boom in Indigenous contemporary art in Brazil, exploring in particular the way that this work interfaces with the art world through exhibitions, and the scope that there is for Indigenous curatorial agency in this relationship. After a brief introduction to Indigenous art, it gives an overview of the evolving relationship between Indigenous art and the art world, exploring in particular the nature of decolonial and/or Indigenous curatorial practice both in Brazil and elsewhere in the world. It then hones in on a recent exhibition: 'Arte Eletrônica Indígena' [Indigenous Electronic Art], held at the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia in Salvador in August 2018. Based on participant observation and interviews, it provides an ethnographic reading of the opening weekend of the exhibition, looking at the alternative modalities of Indigenous curatorial agency that were exercised by the Indigenous people present. The conclusion explores the legacy of the 'Arte Eletrônica Indígena' exhibition, particularly for the Indigenous communities involved, and looks to the evidence provided by the exhibition for lessons to be learned for future exhibitions.
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter 1: Indigenous Art and its Curation in Contemporary Brazil
Chapter 2: Decolonial and Indigenous Curatorial Theory and Practice in Brazil
Chapter 3: The "Arte Eletrônica Indígena" Exhibition: Scratching the Surface
Chapter 4: "AEI: Uma Mostra Interativa": An Ethnographic Reading of Indigenous Curatorial Agency
Conclusions: Being Indigenous, Being There
Works Cited
Index

THEA PITMAN is Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Leeds.

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Title Details

145 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

33 colour. Illustrations

Series: Tamesis Studies in Popular and Digital Cultures

Imprint: Tamesis Books