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Revisioning the borders of community

Art and migration: revisioning the borders of community is a collective response to current and historic constructs of migration as disruptive of national heritage. This interplay of academic essays and art professionals’ interviews investigates how the visual arts – especially by or about migrants – create points of encounter between individuals, places, and objects. Migration has increasingly taken centre stage in contemporary art, as artists claim migration as a paradigm of artistic creation. The myriad trajectories of transnational artworks and artists’ careers outlined in the volume are reflected in the density and dynamism of fairs and biennales, itinerant museum exhibitions and shifting art centres. It analyses the vested political interests of migration terminology such as the synonymous use of ‘refugees’ and ‘asylum seekers’ or the politically constructed use of ‘diaspora’. Political and cultural narratives frame globalisation as a recent shift that reverses centuries of cultural homogeneity. Art historians and migration scholars are engaged in revisioning these narratives, with terms and methodologies shared by both fields. Both disciplines are elaborating an histoire croisée of the circulation of art that denounces the structural power of constructed borders and cultural gatekeeping, and this volume reappraises the historic formation of national identities and aesthetics heritage as constructed under transnational visual influences. This resonates with migrant artists’ own demands for self-determination in a display space that too often favours canonicity over hybridity. Centring migration – often silenced by normative archives or by nationalist attribution practices – is part of the workload of revisioning art history and decolonising museums.

Edith May Fry and Australian expatriate art in the 1920s
Victoria Souliman

displayed separately in the British section. … Therefore they are not recognised as English painters, while being debarred from exhibiting with the Australians. They may thus be considered to be nobody’s darlings. They would like to know, what their nationality is. (Anon., 1924a : 7) Being exhibited in the British pavilion, although placed in a separate section, reflected the idea that – in the eyes of the British at least – Australian expatriate artists were considered more British than Australian. Such a situation therefore led these artists in England to question

in Art and migration
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The British Empire Exhibition and national histories of art
Christine Boyanoski

organising national exhibitions abroad. 20 In this way, central control could be exercised over all aspects of each national presentation, including the fine arts. One reason for the exclusion of expatriate artists from the Australian, New Zealand and South African sections was the logistical complexity of adding work sight-unseen after the final selection had been made at home; but, more importantly, it would have meant the loss of official control over the final presentation. In Canada, where the selection committee enjoyed

in Rethinking settler colonialism
An interview with Robyn Asleson
Bénédicte Miyamoto and Marie Ruiz

Congress subject headlines such as ‘Emigration and immigration in art’ or ‘Expatriate artists’, these tend to retrieve small amounts of results. And when you text search in the gloss produced by an artist’s gallery or agents, the information about migration is not always transparent, and often used and misrepresented – put forward or attenuated – according to an exhibition’s context. Robyn Asleson: You were just talking about the thesaurus – there are so many synonyms for the mobility that you are talking about. At the moment, interviews with living artists and good

in Art and migration
Bénédicte Miyamoto and Marie Ruiz

various constructs such as those of ‘centre’ and ‘periphery’, and further raised my interest in the historiography of Australian art. My positionality led me to reflect on my own sense of transnational belonging as well as that of Australian artists who travelled or migrated to Europe. Looking at the case of Edith May Fry and her efforts to give expatriate artists a place in the history of Australian art was therefore a way to look at issues related to expatriatism, translocation and cosmopolitanism. Most scholars in this volume originate from the Global North, yet

in Art and migration
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Melissa Dabakis and Paul H. D. Kaplan

. We have emphasised many lesser-known artists (such as photographers John Plumbe, Jr and Stefano Lecchi, painters Charles Caryl Coleman and Andrea Cefaly, and sculptors Francesco Pezzicar and Paul Thek). A few more renowned American expatriate artists, such as John Singer Sargent and Elihu Vedder, are also discussed, along with a group of famous figures (Thomas Nast, Alexander Calder, Robert Smithson

in Republics and empires
Graeme Morton

military experiences, which took him to Athens and Syria, and afterwards he settled on the island of Capri, where he joined a group of expatriate artists and intellectuals. 27 Grieve, by contrast, was born on the northern side of the Scottish border, at Langholm in Dumfriesshire. Educated locally and in Edinburgh, he headed to South Wales to begin his writing career, returning to Scotland in 1919

in Scotland, empire and decolonisation in the twentieth century
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Anthropology and rural West Europe today
Jeremy MacClancy

to speak a common language, the monolingual majority of both French and British local populations usually did not even realise the confusion they are causing (Baré n.d.). They resided in the same areas but occupied different worlds. It is as though, mutually unaware, they almost glided past one another. The same happened in the Mallorcan village of Deia, whose famous resident Robert Graves attracted a colony of expatriate artists. As one of the colony, who later became its ethnographer, stated: ‘Unless something occurred which directly involved a local and a

in Alternative countrysides
Peter Hutchings

Marry Me! – and Jean Simmons) who arrive in Paris for the 1889 Grand Exposition. The brother mysteriously vanishes from the hotel where they are staying and all the hotel staff deny that he ever existed. Only through enlisting the help of an English expatriate artist (played by Dirk Bogarde) does the sister discover that her brother has contracted the plague and has been spirited quietly away in order that the Exposition is

in Terence Fisher
The global exposition and the museum
Jane Chin Davidson

, ‘Masterminding the Rare Occasion,’ Shanghai Star (18 October 2001). 114 Julia F. Andrews and Kuiyi Shen, The Art of Modern China (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012), 185. 115 La Biennale di Venezia, 48 Esposizione Internazionale D’arte (Venice: La Biennale di Venezia, 1999). 116 Erik Eckholm, ‘Cultural Revolution, Chapter 2; Expatriate Artist Updates Maoist Icon and Angers Old Guard,’ New York Times (17 August 2000), Sec E. 117 Yvonne Zhao, author’s correspondence with Cai Guo-Qiang Archives, Los Angeles, 17 May 2016. 118 Fan Di’an, ‘Commissioner

in Staging art and Chineseness