Towards creolizing transnational South Asian art histories
in Productive failure
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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.

Productive failure

Writing queer transnational South Asian art histories


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