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Migration Into ArtTranscultural Identities and Art-Making in a Globalised World$
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Anne Ring Petersen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526121905

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526121905.001.0001

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The artist as migrant worker

The artist as migrant worker

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Migration Into Art

Anne Ring Petersen

Manchester University Press

Chapter 3 addresses an issue directly related to the institutional transformation of the art world explored in Chapter 2, namely how globalisation and migration have also changed the role and work of artists by providing many artists with new conditions of possibility for developing cross-cultural artistic practices. The chapter unpacks the issue of artists on the move today and seeks to answer the questions that the title implies: Have artists in demand on the global exhibition circuit become a kind of migrant workers in the international labour market of the global art world? If so, what kind of migrants are they? And what kind of artists? The careers and positions of selected artists from India – Bharti Kher, Rina Banerjee, Ravinder Reddy and Anish Kapoor – are used as examples to substantiate the chapter’s proposition that internationally renowned artists have in fact become a kind of migrant workers. Moreover, this change of conditions delivers a further blow to the myth of the artist as a detached creator, because it invites a more profound exploration of how the artist’s role has been reconfigured as that of a translator, mediator and bridge-builder between people and cultures.

Keywords:   mobility of artists, cross-cultural artistic practices, globalisation, national belonging, diasporic belonging, Indian contemporary art

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