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Title: Overcoming the state of oblivion : decolonial approaches within engaged art practices
Author: Varas Ibarra, Ana C.
ISNI:       0000 0004 9349 5494
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2020
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This research project focuses on tracking artistic responses to social, ecological, and economic sustainability, as well as social responses to artistic movements that go beyond turning art into a commodity in service of a neoliberal agenda. In this doctoral thesis, I provide a critical analysis of contemporary politically engaged art projects that claim to challenge dominant models of world-building and present alternative forms of living through the use of decolonial methodologies and political ecology approaches. In particular, I examine ‘alter-institutional practice’ in order to comprehend the role art plays in the search for social justice, political horizontality and autonomous forms of organising. This thesis draws a comparative analysis of three case studies—Campus in Camps, Institute for Human Activities and World of Matter—and interrogates if these alter-institutional initiatives can provide a platform where ‘spaces of hope’ can be stimulated and nurtured. Touching upon aspects of decolonial critique, I argue that alter-institutional projects use failure as a prolific tool to create ‘spaces of hope’ which can in turn lead to the development of autonomous forms of living and just world-building practices.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: FONCA-CONACYT ; Fundación Jumex ; School of Philosophy and Art History (University of Essex) ; Beca SEP Complemento
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: NX Arts in general