Article Number: 8826
Soft Cover, English, Thread Stitching, 430 Pages, 2016, Sternberg Press
Anthony Downey

Future Imperfect

Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural Institutions in the Middle East
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Future Imperfect critically examines the role played by cultural institutions in producing present-day and future contexts for the production, dissemination and reception of contemporary art in the Middle East and North Africa.

It offers critical contexts for a discussion that has become increasingly urgent in recent years – the role of culture in a time of conflict and globalization – and an in-depth critique of the historical state of cultural institutions in an age of political upheaval, social unrest, exuberant cultural activity, ascendant neoliberal forms of privatization, social activism, and regional uncertainty. Organised around three key areas, Future Imperfect draws attention to the specific antagonisms that have affected cultural production across the region, both in historical and recent post-revolutionary contexts, and offers an in-depth discussion of how cultural producers have developed institutional models through their practices, how cultural institutions operate within the conditions of a global cultural economy, and alongside the often conflicting demands they place on cultural production in the region, is an over-arching concern throughout this volume. Sprache: Englisch