Asia Through Art and Anthropology: Cultural Translation Across Borders

Author(s): Fuyubi Nakamura

Social Sciences

How has Asia been imagined, represented and transferred both literally and visually across linguistic, geopolitical and cultural boundaries? This book explores the shifting roles of those who produce, critique and translate creative forms and practices, for which distinctions of geography, ethnicity, tradition and modernity have become fluid. Drawing on accounts of modern and contemporary art, film, literature, fashion and performance, it challenges established assumptions of the cultural products of Asia. Special attention is given to the role of cultural translators or 'long-distance cultural specialists' whose works bridge or traverse different worlds, with the inclusion of essays by three important artists who share personal accounts of their experiences creating and showing artworks that negotiate diverse cultural contexts. With contributions from key scholars of Asian art and culture, including art historian John Clark and anthropologist Clare Harris, alongside fresh voices in the field, Asia Through Art and Anthropology will be essential reading for students and scholars of anthropology, art history, Asian studies, visual and cultural studies.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The publication of the color plates of works by Phaptawan Suwannakudt and Savanhdary Vongpoothorn is funded by the Australian Government.


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With a wide variety of case studies from an excellent range of international scholars, Asia Through Art and Anthropology provides a broad overview of Asian art from an anthropological perspective.

An original and wide-ranging collection that unravels the complexities of the category of translation in Asian art and aesthetics. The varied contributions by art historians, anthropologists, and artists explore multiple Asian perspectives on the translation and interpretation of art both in theory and practice. This engaging and attractive book will be of enormous value to scholars and students of Asian art and aesthetics, cultural translation, and of globalization, art and aesthetics. James McHugh, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA Asia through Art and Anthropology highlights the lives of Asian visual artists through their life experiences and oeuvres, carving out a role for them as the negotiators of meaning in hybrid cultural situations. The book deepens our understanding of cultural expressions which are local yet transcultural, individualized yet cross borders. Arne Rokkum, Professor, Univesity of Oslo, Norway

Fuyubi Nakamura is an anthropologist affiliated with Institute for Art Anthropology at Tama Art University, Japan. Morgan Perkins is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Art and Director of the Museum Studies Program at the State University of New York-Potsdam, USA. Olivier Krischer is an art historian based in Sydney, Australia.

Acknowledgements List of Contributors List of Illustrations List of Color Plates Foreword - Howard Morphy, the Australian National University, Australia Introduction - Fuyubi Nakamura, Tama Art University, Japan, Morgan Perkins, the State University of New York-potsdam, USA, and Olivier Krischer, Independent Scholar, Australia Part One: Art, Location and Travel Asian Artists as Long Distance Cultural Specialists in the Formation of Modernities - John Clark, the University of Sydney, Australia In and out of Place: Tibetan Artists' Travels in the Contemporary Art World - Clare Harris, University of Oxford, UK Imagining 'Asian' Aesthetics in Colonial Hanoi: the Ecole Des Beaux-arts De L'indochine (1925-45) - Phoebe Scott, University of Sydney, Australia Coming Home: How 're-entry' Shaped the Work of a Contemporary Woman Artist in Taiwan - Natalie Seiz, the University of Sydney, Australia Painting on Location: Lin Haizhong and Contemporary Chinese Painting - Morgan Perkins, the State University of New York-Potsdam, USA Part Two: Artists' Voices Catching the Moment, One Step at a Time - Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Independent Artist, Sydney, Australia Lifting Words, Floating Words - Savanhdary Vongpoothorn, Independent Artist, Canberra, Australia Typologic: Interactions Between the Intellect and the Senses - Chihiro Minato, Tama Art University, Japan Part Three: Image, Representation and Performance Some Indian 'Views of India': the Ethics of Representation - Christopher Pinney, University College London, UK Fragile Polyphony: Takeda Taijun's Longing for Asia through the Landscape of Shen Congwen - Barbara Hartley, the University of Tasmania, Australia Unframing the Nation: The Moving Image and Its Parergon in Southeast Asia- David Teh, National University of Singapore, Singapore The 'Nationality' of Lolita Fashion - Masafumi Monden, the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia The Impossibility of Performing 'Asia' - Catherine Diamond, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan Index

General Fields

  • : 9780857854490
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Berg Publishers
  • : September 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Fuyubi Nakamura
  • : Paperback
  • : 256