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Art and The Rural Imagination
Colin Perry

Art and The Rural Imagination Colin Perry

Art and The Rural Imagination Colin PerryArt and The Rural Imagination
Colin Perry
More Than Ponies


140 pages
160 x 230 mm
ISBN 9781399919593


Art and the Rural Imagination features writing by key academics and artists and explores how contemporary art can help to reimagine the rural as a site of contemporary thought and experience. It reflects on a diversity of issues, from post-pandemic landscapes to farming, tourism, sustainability, productivity, as well as issues of gender, sexuality and decolonisation. At the heart of the book is a concern with both people and place, as well as expanded engagement with animals and ecologies. The scope of the book is international with contributors detailing a wide range of rural experiences and concerns.

The book is the outcome of a conference in 2020 titled Art and the Rural Imagination, and also features a selection of commissioned artworks that expand on the core themes of the main essays.

Contributors include Adam Chodzko, Katarzyna Depta-Garapich, Catherine Elwes, Laura Eldret, Feral Practice (Fiona MacDonald), Paul Finnegan, Jenny Holt, Anna Sofie Hvid, Victoria Lucas, Deirdre O’Mahony, Harry Meadows, Colin Perry, Rosemary Shirley, Julian Stallabrass, Standart Thinking (Javier Rodriguez), Marina Velez Vago and Zoox.

About the Editor
Colin Perry is a lecturer, art writer and editor. He teaches at Arts University Bournemouth, Central Saint Martins and University of Westminster, London. As an arts writer, he regularly contributes to arts magazines including Art Monthly, Frieze and ArtAgenda, and has written essays on a wide range of artistic practices for numerous art books and catalogues published by Frieze, Phaidon Press and other publishers. As an editor he has edited publications for Hayward Publishing, Phaidon Press and others.

About the Publisher
More Than Ponies (MTP) is a contemporary art not-for-profit that seeks to reimagine and reanimate the New Forest area. MTP supports creative investigation into the many unexpected stories, histories, practices and ecologies of this unique area. MTP was initiated in 2019 by artist Laura Eldret.

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