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Race, migration, and visual culture
The activist artist challenging the ever-present colonial imagination
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This chapter reflects on the role of art and artists in reimagining the world in the twenty-first century, challenging the deeply embedded divisions and hierarchies that categorise and de-value persons. These divisions and hierarchies occur most potently through racialisation manifest, for example, in the experience of migrants as ‘border crossers’. The chapter examines the persistence of colonial imagination in the contemporary nation-state, often expressed in racism embedded as processes of systematised devaluation of some humans. Racialisation takes many forms, but here the focus is on migrants and on Indigenous people as represented in archives as artefacts that link the present to the past. These archives are drawn on by artists in reworking past injustice. In considering historically embedded racialisation the chapter asks, what role do art and visual culture have, in telling and retelling histories, particularly histories of silenced, forgotten, or invisible populations?

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