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Art in the Age of Terrorism

written by Graham Coulter-Smith, Maurice Owen

Paul Holberton Publishing | ISBN 9781903470411

Paperback – 244 pages


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Art in the Age of Terrorism tackles the difficult topic of a war that is quintessentially postmodern in its decentralized identity, globalized character and conflict of cultures. In this publication both artists and academics explore the various ways in which art can help articulate the grey zone that lies behind the black and white term 'terrorism'. A significant number of the texts deal with the theme of the unspeakable. A plurality of voices is offered in this book, which includes key works by artists from New York, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Lebanon and Israel. A number of contributors explore the problems facing refugees from terror in the post-9/11 era, and the cruel logic by which the contemporary refugee from terror is often perceived as a terrorist himself and treated accordingly. Other essays address the topic of terrorism more directly and in so doing demonstrate that this topic must be openly discussed.

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