A rede de investigação 'art in the periphery' foca-se nas áreas geográficas e temáticas que têm sido marginalizadas pela história da arte canónica e/ou tradicional. Afastando-se de modelos que foram, na sua maior parte, produzidos em centros artísticos e reproduzidos nas periferias, muitas vezes sem crítica, procuramos popular a disciplina com narrativas alternativas acerca das formas específicas e complexas de produção, exibição e consumo artísticos (no seu sentido mais amplo).
18h00: Shelley Hornstein (York University, Toronto) - "Views from the Margins: Albert Kahn, Archives of the Planet (1908-1929), and Borderlands"
During an intense period of nation building, French Jewish Banker Albert Kahn lobbied for mutual respect across cultures in what today we might recognize as a transcultural and transmedial dynamic through a photographic project, the Archives of the Planet. This talk builds on the idea of periphery through Etienne Balibar's notion of borders, for as he argues: Europe has no borders but rather a border of one, of many, fixed or mobile, internal and external. How does a project rooted in visuality and aesthetics achieve this mission? This paper looks back so as to look forward to demonstrate the striking parallels with identity struggles today.
18h40: Nikki Petroni (University of Malta) - "Maltese Modern Art History and the Search for Identity"
The peripheral status of Maltese modern art is mainly upheld by the country’s geographical position and scale. However, writings on Maltese art of the twentieth-century have largely projected a desired image of local identity, avoiding the inherent contradictions visible in works of art. This practice has unwittingly contributed to the marginalization of the art in question. The aim of this paper is to critically analyze the hegemonic approaches to looking and writing about Maltese modern art and to problematize the conventional binaries of center/periphery, provinciality/cosmopolitanism in relation to the country's historical development.