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Title: Disruptive aesthetics: black British art since the 1980s
Author: Robles, Elizabeth K.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5916 2506
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis encompasses an art historical reassessment of artists and art works that have, with few exceptions, been consumed by discourses of cultural theory and sociology. Building on the foundations laid by Kobena Mercer in 'Iconography After Identity', it aims to contribute to a still emerging art history that maps the dialogues and developments produced by black British artists during and after the 1980s onto the broader stories of British and twentieth century art as a whole. l At its root is an attempt to trace an alternative iconography within a wide breadth of works by artists including Sonia Boyce, Lubaina Himid, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Joy Gregory and Faisal Abdu' Allah, among others, through an exploration and interrogation of 'disruptive aesthetics' as a methodological tool for rethinking 'black British' art By isolating and examining a number of recurring themes and images across the 1980s and 1990s (the restaging of canonical images, hair and hairstyling, the 'ethnic' mask, space and place) grouped together as case studies, it offers a sustained engagement with art objects as documents of subjectivity rather than symptoms of diaspora.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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