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Sexing the Border

Gender, Art and New Media in Central and Eastern Europe

Editor(s): Katarzyna Kosmala

Book Description

This innovative book represents a timely intervention in both critical discourses on video and new media art, as well as examination of gender in post-Socialist contexts. The chapters explore how encounters between art and technology have been implicated in the representation and analysis of gender, critically reflecting current debates and politics across the region and Europe.

The book offers a diversity of analytical contexts, addressing interwoven histories across post-Socialist Europe, and engages the paradigms of art practice and the visual cultures such histories uphold. Contributors have given a broad interpretation to the questions of video, media and performance, as well as to mediation in relation to art and gender, reflecting on a wide range of subjects, from the curatorial role to artistic practice, cross-cultural collaboration, co-production, democracy and representation, and impasses in securing streamlined identities. The volume brings together rigorously theoretical and visually comprehensive examinations of examples of works, featuring artists such as: Bernd and Hilla Becher; Anna Daučiková; Izabella Gustowska; Judit Kele; Komar and Melamid; Andrzej Karmasz; Marko Marković; Oleg Mavromatti; Tanja Ostojić; Nebojša Šerić Šoba; Mare Tralla; Ulay and Abramović and others.

Contributors: Inga Fonar Cocos, Mark Gisbourne, Marina Gržinić, Beata Hock, Katarzyna Kosmala, Paweł Leszkowicz, Iliyana Nedkova, Agata Rogoś, Boryana Rossa, Aneta Stojnić, Josip Zanki. Preface by Katy Deepwell.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-6048-2
ISBN-10: 1-4438-6048-4
Date of Publication: 01/08/2014
Pages / Size: 275 / A5
Price: £47.99


Katarzyna Kosmala, PhD, is Professor of Culture, Media and Visual Arts at the University of the West of Scotland, Visiting Research Fellow at the European Institute of Gender Studies GEXcel at Linköping University and Örebro University, Sweden, an art writer and a curator. She writes regularly about video, performance and new media art in international journals and catalogues. Her book Imagining Masculinities: Spatial and Temporal Representation and Visual Culture (2013, Routledge) investigates representations of men and masculinities in contemporary culture, and examples of visual art that deconstruct those representations, through a European perspective and by applying an international lens. She recently co-edited Art Inquiry on Crossing Borders: Imaging Europe, Representing Periphery (with Kluszczyński) (Łódzkie Towarzystwo Naukowe, 2013), and is currently working on a book titled The Arts, Social and Organisational Change: Precarious Spaces (Intellect Press).