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Art attacks : violence and offence - taking in India

Author: Malvika Maheshwari
Publisher: New Delhi, India : Oxford University Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Since the end of the 1980s in India, self-styled representatives of a variety of ascriptive groups (religious, caste, regional, and linguistic among others) have come to routinely damage artwork, disrupt their exhibition, and threaten and assault artists and their supporters. Often, these acts are said to be a protest against the allegedly 'hurtful' or 'offensive' artworks. They are even claimed to be a prescient  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Malvika Maheshwari
ISBN: 9780199488841 0199488843
OCLC Number: 1081032817
Description: xii, 372 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Table of ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart One: Prescript1. The Constitution of Free Speech: Collective Conservatism and Art in the Debates of the Constituent Assembly of India2. Artists in Courts: Law and the Production of ViolencePart Two: Politics3. From a Murder to Deaths in the Morcha: Congress, Criminalization, and Freedom of Speech by the end of 1980s4.The Rise of Hindu Nationalism and the Competitive Politics of Offence-Taking5. M. F. Husain and the Making of a CampaignPart Three: People6. The Anatomy of an Attack and Inspirations of Attackers7. Artists and Their Repertoire of Responses BibliographyIndexAbout the Author
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Since the end of the 1980s in India, self-styled representatives of a variety of ascriptive groups (religious, caste, regional, and linguistic among others) have come to routinely damage artwork, disrupt their exhibition, and threaten and assault artists and their supporters. Often, these acts are said to be a protest against the allegedly 'hurtful' or 'offensive' artworks. They are even claimed to be a prescient call to save the identity of the community, in a manner that makes the communal identities hinge entirely on that artistic (mis)representation. Yet, at the time of these attacks, many who indulge in this kind of violence have seldom heard of the artist before or even seen, read, watched, let alone engaged with the artwork. Such is the wrench on the right to freedom of speech and expression in general, and on the physical safety and security of artists in particular, that has inspired fear, anger, and discomfort within the art world, marked by ominous declarations of a 'cultural emergency' owing to the loss of lives and property, and without the due processes of law-a consequence that was hardly synonymous with art practice in India, at least until a few decades ago.0This book tells the story of violence against artists in India, marked by the intensifying sense of insecurity, fear, frustration and anger within the art world.

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