Book: Project 1975 – Contemporary Art and the Postcolonial Unconscious

Project 1975 started as a two-year program of Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam. The project was set on exploring the relationship between contemporary art and postcoloniality, which gains more and more relevance to artists and thinkers in a context of a globalizing art world. It addressed key questions such as: How do artists today view the historic or contemporary acts of colonial powers? Do colonial mindsets persist in art and its institutions? What can replace the tacitly embraced multicultural normalization of the 1990s? These questions elicited versatile artistic and critical responses, many of which are presented and discussed in Project 1975 – Contemporary Art and the Postcolonial Unconscious.

Jelle Bouwhuis & Kerstin Winking
SMBA Amsterdam / black dog publishing, London, 2014
Paperback, 184 pages
170 b/w and colour ills, 24.0 x 17.0 cm
ISBN: 978 1 908966 22 3

Published: January 2014

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