Visual arts, representations and interventions in contemporary China [electronic resource] : urbanized interface / edited by Minna Valjakka and Meiqin Wang
- Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 
- Physical Description:
- 323 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 24 cm.
- Additional Creators:
- Valjakka, Minna and Wang, Meiqin, 1974-
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- License restrictions may limit access.
- Engagement with the urban : visual arts as a form of cultural activism in contemporary China / Minna Valjakka and Meiqin Wang -- From sidewalk realism to spectral romance : Yang Lina's Beijing and beyond / Zhen Zhang -- Urban history from below : the artworks of Zhang Dali, Jin Feng and Dai Guangyu / Maurizio Marinelli -- The transient city : urban transformation in Chinese contemporary photography / Jiang Jiehong -- Shadow of the spectacular : photographing social control and inequality in urban China / Meiqin Wang -- China dreaming : representing the perfect present, anticipating the rosy future / Stefan Landsberger -- Urban insertion as artistic strategy : the big tail elephant working group in 1990s Guangzhou / Nancy P. Lin -- Cao Fei's 'magical metropolises' / Chris Berry -- Relocating further or standing ground? Unofficial artists and independent film-makers in the Beijing periphery / Judith Pernin -- Out of service : migrant workers and public space in Beijing / Elizabeth Parke -- Translocal site-responsiveness of urban creativity in mainland China / Minna Valjakka.
- This edited volume provides a multifaceted investigation of the dynamic interrelations between visual arts and urbanization in contemporary Mainland China with a focus on unseen representations and urban interventions brought about by the transformations of the urban space and the various problems associated with it. Through a wide range of illuminating case studies, the authors demonstrate how innovative artistic and creative practices initiated by various stakeholders not only raise critical awareness on socio-political issues of Chinese urbanization but also actively reshape the urban living spaces. The formation of new collaborations, agencies, aesthetics and cultural production sites facilitate diverse forms of cultural activism as they challenge the dominant ways of interpreting social changes and encourage civic participation in the production of alternative meanings in and of the city. Their significance lies in their potential to question current values and power structures as well as to foster new subjectivities for disparate individuals and social groups.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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