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Unfixed: Photography and Postcolonial Perspectives in Contemporary Art
Various Artists

UNFIXED. Photography and Postcolonial Perspectives in Contemporary Art

UNFIXED. Photography and Postcolonial Perspectives in Contemporary ArtUnfixed: Photography and Postcolonial Perspectives in Contemporary Art
Edited by Sara Blokland and Asmara Pelupessy
Jap Sam Books

Contributing artists Kobena Mercer, Keith Piper, Otobong Nkanga, Hank Willis Thomas, Charif Benhelima, Naro Snackey, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, Andrea Stultiens, Pamela Pattynama, Yamini Nayar, Sandim Mendes, Habda Rashid, Terry Kurgan, Rattana Vandy, Lizza May David, Natalie Robertson, Kaddu Wasswa John, Arthur Conrad Kisitu, Quinsy Gario, Murtaza Vali, Asmara Pelupessy, Sara Blokland.


240 Pages
210 x 300 mm
ISBN 9789490322298



Edited by Sara Blokland and Asmara Pelupessy, UNFIXED examines photography in postcolonial perspective through the diverse critical positions of an international group of writers, artists and scholars working within contemporary art, photography and cultural analysis. The publication is the finishing work of a multiplatform project that included an artist residency, exhibition, workshop and symposium. As a whole, UNFIXED engaged topics of cultural identity and history together with strategies of artistic research, photo theory and contemporary practices around making, using, studying and writing about photographs.

Produced especially for this publication, UNFIXED presents new voices and visions in the form of nine visual and textual essays. These essays take unique stands towards photography and its history through an unconventional range of approaches and styles. Together with documentation of the different stages of the project, the essays explore topics such as the migration and circulation of photography, vernacular photography, archives, memory, diaspora, self-representation, appropriation, visual sovereignty, exoticism and cultural protocol.

Investigating how photography can be ‘unfixed’ through contemporary conceptual, theoretical and visual approaches, UNFIXED presents new critical perspectives on photography in relation to the cultural conditions of postcolonialism.

About the Publisher
Jap Sam Books, headed by Eleonoor Jap Sam, is an independent international publishing house based in the south of the Netherlands. Our publishing house publishes titles that explore developments in architecture, art, philosophy, design, photography and theory as well as the fields that touch them, such as urbanism, landscape, sociology and history.

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