Event Title

Life Imitates Art, When Art Holds the Upper Hand: The Scope of Turkish Contemporary Art and the Aesthetics of Hegemony

Presenter Information

Meriel Stein, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center, K209

Start Date

4-25-2014 2:45 PM

End Date

4-25-2014 3:45 PM

Abtract

This paper analyzes the consequences of Western imperialism by way of the emergent aesthetics of resistance in the art worlds of Turkey. The development of a modern system of artistic production and display reflects initiatives in accordance with Turkey’s ongoing bid to join the European Union. Using case studies of Turkish artists and art institutions within and beyond the borders of Turkey, this project explores how the art of the Middle East both feeds and pushes against Western cultural imperialism in the formation of a national identity and indigenous aesthetic style.

Notes

Session II, Panel 10 - Affect / Representation / Engagement: Studies of Being, Zines, and the Aesthetics of Resistance
Moderator: Meredith Raimondo, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Comparative American Studies

Major

Art History

Advisor(s)

Erik Inglis, Art History

Project Mentor(s)

Deniz Karakas, Art History

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Life Imitates Art, When Art Holds the Upper Hand: The Scope of Turkish Contemporary Art and the Aesthetics of Hegemony

Science Center, K209

This paper analyzes the consequences of Western imperialism by way of the emergent aesthetics of resistance in the art worlds of Turkey. The development of a modern system of artistic production and display reflects initiatives in accordance with Turkey’s ongoing bid to join the European Union. Using case studies of Turkish artists and art institutions within and beyond the borders of Turkey, this project explores how the art of the Middle East both feeds and pushes against Western cultural imperialism in the formation of a national identity and indigenous aesthetic style.