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Worldmaking in art
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This chapter presents case studies of Pakistan-based Salima Hashmi, India-based Nalini Malani, Chinese-Australian Guan Wei and Chinese now-American Cai Guo-Qiang to develop the concept of worldmaking. It begins from the premise that art, in its extraordinary variability, and its flickering attention across the lived world, is remarkably effective at capturing plurality, and engaging a range of possible ways of seeing and being—and therefore of worldmaking, in both cultural and environmental terms. The artists we discuss in this chapter are directed toward rights and wellbeing, toward the construction of a viable global community, and toward the protection of the planet on which we live. Their works provide a way of aligning facts and truths, and thus of proferring new ways of looking, and new ways of living.

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Art and human rights

Contemporary Asian contexts


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