The politics of trans/nationalism and global expositions

Staging art and Chineseness is about the politics of borders ascribed to Chinese contemporary art and the identification of artists by locations and exhibitions. The paradoxical subject of Chineseness is central to this inquiry, which begins with the question, what does the term Chinese Art mean in the aftermath of the globalized shift in art? Through an exploration of embodied and performative representations (including eco-feminist performances) by artists from China and diasporic locations, the case studies in this book put to the test the very premise of the genealogical inscription for cultural objects attributed to the residency, homeland, or citizenship of the Chinese artist. Acknowledging the orientalist assumptions and appropriations that Chineseness also signifies, this study connects the artistic performance to the greater historical scope of ‘geographical consciousness’ envisioned by past and present global expositions. The emergence of China’s shiyan meishu experimental art movement in the 1980s–1990s has largely been the defining focus for ‘global art’ during the period when artfairs, biennials, and triennials also came into prominence as the new globalized art institution (exemplified by China’s first biennial in Guangzhou). The political aim is to recognize the multiple contradictions and repetitions of history engendered by art, nationalism, and capital in the legacy of Althusserian/Maoist interpellations – the reifications of global capitalist illusions in the twenty-first century are conveyed in this book by performative artistic expressions and the temporal space of the exposition.

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Helena Grice

the period 1976–1989 in relation to the theme of transcendence; and Rusk (2002) analyses Kingston’s ‘life writing of otherness’, in juxtaposition with other contemporary women writers like Jeanette Winterson. While this list attests to Kingston’s status as a major literary figure, it also highlights the absence of an extensive study devoted to her entire oeuvre, which includes the major redirection her work has taken since 2002 towards an engagement with a politics of pacifism and eco-feminism (an omission this study seeks to partly redress). Recent studies look

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Elizabeth Hodgson

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Gillian Rudd

temptation to read her as the goddess of preagrarian society must not lead us into too Romantic a view of her habitat. Diane exists to be chaste/chased in both senses and the tacit acknowledgement that the right fate for all women is to be caught underlies the representation of her as both huntress and virgin goddess, patron of childbirth and queen of the underworld. In a conglomeration of attitudes readily familiar to all feminist thought, and particularly eco-feminism, this goddess exists to be mastered (to evoke Val Plumwood’s phrase)15 just as her environment, the

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Amy Bryzgel

girlhood into womanhood, Želibská’s work cannot be classified as part of the radical wave of feminism; it rather carries traces of influences of psychoanalysis and a wave of liberal feminism and eco-feminism – a so-called second wave which sounded in our milieu [Czechoslovakia] only through this author’s voice, where Marxists and the socialist feminism wave based on political ideology ruled. She also states that Želibská remained a singular figure in that context because the paradigm with which she was working was ‘understood as alien in our environment, as “an

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