rethinking Indigenous modernism

Iconophilia recommends this thoughtful review of the current exhibition Remembering Forward, currently on show at The Museum Ludwig in Cologne, at Aboriginal Art and Culture: an American eye, at the well-connected commentator Will Owen’s blog. Here he reviews the extensive catalogue, in which Ian McLean’s thesis appears to anchor the discussion:

While we tend to think of globalization as being driven by Western ideas and technologies that homogenize the cultural diversity of the world, it is also the product of other traditions adapting to and producing their own modernities. This is the source of globalization’s cultural richness. Indigenous communities are not closed to modernity. They readily incorporate its ideas and practices into their world view and their art; and this openness to the new is largely why their traditions have, despite all the predictions of experts, survived and contributed to the new cultural space of globalization. If at every turn Indigenous people find themselves fighting intense political battles against the institutions of modernity and globalization, these institutions are the lingua franca of our times. They structure our thought, including Aboriginal thought. Who then owns modernity and its language? (p. 170)

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#1 Aboriginal Art on 04.26.11 at 9:48 pm

According to my perception!

Indigenous art mean that aboriginal art.

This means that aboriginal art is the native art of Australians.

And this has 20,000 years back history.

And that art also illuminates the human civilization.

Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!

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