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Mapping Modernisms: Art, Indigeneity, Colonialism

Bringing together a diverse group of scholars from around the globe, this research project examines from a comparative perspective the emergence of Indigenous modern arts in the 20th century, and its links to discourses of “primitivism”, nationalism, and the politics of Indigenous activism and recognition. It challenges and expands the canonical definition of modern art, and seeks to understand the ways Indigenous artists – often overlooked, or consigned to regional contexts — engaged with the philosophies and aesthetics of modern art, creating new artistic forms that married their longstanding visual traditions and western formats. (Read More)