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Art in Contested Political and Cultural Terrains, Asia

  • Columbia University Faculty House 64 Morningside Drive New York, NY 10027 (map)

Politics of Visual Arts in Changing World aims to study new trends that are affecting the creation, presentation, and preservation of works of art in diverse cultural contexts. From preliminary discussions with colleagues inside and outside the university, a number of potential areas of exploration have emerged. Within these areas of exploration are issues of cultural appropriation, repatriation, freedom of creative expression, as well as legal frameworks that need to be understood better with the help of diverse groups of scholars and practitioners. 

As a part of the "Politics of Visual Arts" Signature Research Project of the Committee on Global Through, this program will feature a panel discussion among the following artists: MC Kash (hip-hop singer from Kashmir), Tenzing Rigdol (painter, poet, visual artist from Tibet), Maria Madeira (painter, visual artist from Timor Leste), Seckon Leang (painter, performer and visual artist from Cambodia). It will be moderated by Vishakha N. Desai, CGT Vice Chair and Senior Advisor to the University President. 

Hosted by Columbia Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia Committee on Global Thought, Columbia South Asia Institute, and Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought.