Visual Representations of the Cold War and Postcolonial Struggles: Art in East and Southeast Asia
16 Jul 2021
10:00AM - 11:30AM
|Where||Asian American and Asian Research Institute
25 W. 43rd Street, Suite 1000
New York, NY 10036
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Co-organized with the Department of Visual Studies at Lingnan University (Hong Kong), the editors of Visual Representations of the Cold War and Postcolonial Struggles: Art in East and Southeast Asia, Midori Yamamura and Yu-Chieh Li, will lead a panel discussion with select contributors: Hiroshi Sunairi, Lesley Ma, Roger Nelson, and Kidlat Tahimik. The essays and artworks gathered in this volume examine the visual manifestations of postcolonial struggles in art in East and Southeast Asia, as the world transitioned from the communist/capitalist ideological divide into the new global power structure under neoliberalism that started taking shape during the Cold War.
Contributors to this volume investigate the visual art that emerged in Australia, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Korea, Okinawa, and the Philippines. With their critical views and new approaches, the scholars and curators examine how visual art from postcolonial countries deviated from the communist/capitalist dichotomy to explore issues of identity, environment, rapid commercialization of art, and independence. These foci offer windows into some lesser-known aspects of the Cold War, including humanistic responses to the neo-imperial exploitations of people and resources as capitalism transformed into its most aggressive form.
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