Mechtild Widrich
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Materializing art geographies
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This chapter turns from the political complexity of one art or commemorative site over a duration of time (the topic of the previous chapter) to the relation of one site to a system of local and global social structures. Starting with Carey Young’s 21st century re-enactments of classics of performance and land art in urban and desert site around the United Arab Emirates, the chapter considers the revolutionary transformations in critical geography that have placed time, change, and social tensions at the core of geographic theorizing, and make possible an engagement of contemporary art with the movement of people, whether economic, ecological, or caused by war. Geographically complex works of art by Ai Weiwei at the Belvedere Palace in Vienna and elsewhere are able to connect the history of empire and colonialism with current refugee and environmental crises. A final case study of the effort to commemorate the victims of mass murder in Oslo and on the nearby island of Utoya reveal the challenges and limitations in connecting sites from the urban centre to the periphery, while taking into account local political demands as well as more global problems of resource and land use.

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