By A. Schneider
This publication makes a huge contribution to the present debate on globalization, and extra accurately to the query of ways the "traffic in tradition" is practiced, rationalized and skilled by means of visible artists. The ebook specializes in inventive practices within the appropriation of indigenous cultures, and the development of latest Latin American identities. Appropriation is the basic theoretical idea constructed to appreciate those procedures.
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It will be argued that appropriation is the most suitable notion to understand the work and practices of the artists under discussion. The focus on appropriation, as an individual strategy and practice, is required in order to recalibrate theories of globalization and hybridization, which do not sufficiently focus on individual practices. I first discuss definitions of appropriation, and then explore its role in relation to theories of culture change and globalization. I then advocate a new meaning of appropriation as hermeneutic practice, and finally discuss it in relation to globalization and hybridization in Latin America.
22 The problem here is (as not only Marx realized) that despite the fundamental equality of the exchange relation itself, people in such transactions are not equal, which is both true for transactions within societies, and between societies. 24 The latter is for the reason that concepts of appropriation have all too often focused exclusively on the economic and legal aspects of appropriation,25 even when discussing cultural change, thus neglecting the possibility of understanding in the hermeneutic sense, that is, changing oneself as a result of interpreting the other’s artefact (or any other cultural manifestation).
Whilst any time-scale must be necessarily relative, and remain historically and situationally specific, there will be always a “before” and “after” in the appropriation process through which artists’ identities change. It is at the intersection of collective and individual constructions of identities that the recognition of otherness operates, which, as pointed out in the beginning of the chapter, is vital to the appropriation process itself. In the following chapter we see how appropriating strategies by artists are situated in the Buenos Aires art world.
Appropriation as Practice: Art and Identity in Argentina (Studies of the Americas) by A. Schneider
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