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Janet Wolff

happiness of coming home again, it seemed to me, my friends, that there was nothing else I wanted in the whole world! At least, there was just one thing: I had an urgent, tireless, burning desire to work for the good of my native town and its people. For me, Manchester was always ‘home’. I am fortunate that I came back to a place where I still have close family members, old friends as well as new ones. During the years after I left, in 1965, I came home frequently – during my time at university in Birmingham, the dance study/secretarial period in London, and then more

in Austerity baby
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Anish Kapoor as British/Asian/artist
Alpesh Kantilal Patel

Orientalist characterization of the ‘magic of art’ as a phenomenon that is non-Western and not contemporary. Two years after Smith’s article was published, Kapoor had his first major retrospective of his work in India in 2010.45 The exhibition was spread across two locations, the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi and Mehoob Film Studios in Mumbai, the only venue in the city large enough for Kapoor’s work. The headlines announcing the exhibition are telling: ‘Finally, the art world’s most theatrical exponent is coming home – Return of the Prodigal’, ‘An artist

in Productive failure
Anne Ring Petersen

Gallery of Modern Art (his first exhibitions in India), to present himself as an Indian artist to local audiences. When interviewed by India Real Time in ­connection with the opening of the retrospective in Delhi, he described the exhibitions as his ‘coming home’, a remark picked up by the reporter who compared the event to ‘the return of an extremely successful prodigal son’.81 Kapoor even went so far as to suggest an ‘Indian’ reading of his works, explaining that his pigment-based sculptures, for instance, are likely to remind his audience in India of the bright piles

in Migration into art
Fred Herko’s history lesson
Paisid Aramphongphan

and resisting. Neither moving forward or backward, it is through repetition that space and time for thinking sideways occurs. Ballet is a dance form built out of repetitions: from the daily barre work of the dancer, who executes codified, repeatable steps, to repertoires built out of different arrangements and repetitions of the same. Literally straightening the vertical lines of the body may be its key goal in training. Yet, many dancers would also describe coming to the barre as coming home, a comfort zone where they can tune in and be in their bodies. For

in Horizontal together
The challenge of a globalising world
Caroline Turner and Jen Webb

members. Philippines art historian Patrick Flores calculates that a third of the population now live abroad, ‘sending home around $USD20 billion a year in remittances, and countless of them coming home as corpses’.49 For those who have remained at home, class as well as the urban/rural divide continues to determine an individual’s life chances, and ethnic minorities remain on the edges of political culture.50 Despite this situation, McKay’s research finds that relational ties are not weakened by globalisation and transnationalism; the identity even of those who are

in Art and human rights
John Mundy and Glyn White

heterosexuality, is not to be an impossibility for any relationship. It is not so much a coming out as a coming home; a comic and a gay ending. lt’s probably the best that any predominantly heterosexual culture could offer a gay audience and Sikov is right to defend it as such ( 1994 : 148). Nevertheless, rather than adding entertainingly positive depictions of homosexuality to their attractions, mainstream comedy

in Laughing matters