This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book considers 'practice-led' approaches, such as auto-ethnographic narratives relating experiential knowledge of space/site, curatorial knowledge-making via exhibitions, and the affective knowledge generated by encounters with visual culture. It examines the writing about the work of Anish Kapoor, one of the most critically and commercially successful artists of Asian descent in the West. The book explores the work of artists who have all mobilized subject matter in their artworks that could be read as 'South Asian', but none of whom are genealogically linked to the subcontinent. It focuses on practice-led research, or what might be referred to as curatorial knowledge-making. The book discusses audience and critical academic responses to the projects to explore where the projects might have failed as productive points of departure.
In this chapter, the author, through a family history, speaks of how forced exile persists through generations. He narrates the series of events that took place after he left England and moved to United States, including the catastrophic failures of nuclear reactors. The discussion largely focuses on the incidence of cancers caused by exposure to radioactivity in England, and the impact it had on Anglo-American relations. The author also showcases the differences between English and American cultures.
In this chapter, the author discusses the cultural life in Rochester, New York, in the 1920s. The city of the 1920s is often referred to as 'Mr Eastman's town'. Economically, the first three decades of the twentieth century had been described as Rochester's golden age, and the centrality of Eastman-Kodak to the city's prosperity had important cultural consequences. The establishment by George Eastman of the Eastman School of Music and the Eastman Theatre in 1922 was the single most important event marking the 'end of provincialism'. The 'Rochester Renaissance' owed a lot to Eastman's wealth and philanthropy .
In this chapter, the author explains the internment of aliens in Britain during the Second World War. The 'internment of aliens' is a peculiar and rather hysterical measure taken by the British government after Dunkirk. The author describes his father as an alien. He is alien to Britain and to English culture. He came to Britain from Germany in February 1938, was a class C 'enemy alien' (recognised as a genuine refugee, and officially designated a 'friendly' enemy alien). The classifications were made by wartime tribunals set up in Britain in 1939.