New Dimensions in Landscape Philosophy
Pietsie Feenstra, Wapke Feenstra & myvillages.org
Who has owned the land? Who has created the landscape? Who has determined its cultural rhythm and production? This intellectual collaboration by the Feenstra sisters, photographer Wapke and Sorbonne media professor Pietsie, is curated by myvillages.org, a cooperative artist initiative in the European countryside that explores the rural environment as a place for cultural production. The visual essay combines photos by Wapke with those photos shot by local residents along with poetry and information about the land and a grass herbarium. This effort is further illuminated by Pietsie’s essay on cultural history, which takes us on a filmic journey through a landscape in the northern Dutch province of Friesland and ultimately opens a window onto new European approaches to national identity.
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myvillages.org, The Netherlands
Specters of Colonialism in Contemporary Art
Examining recent projects from Sven Augustijnen, Vincent Meessen, Zarina Bhimji, Renzo Martens, and Pieter Hugo, Return to the Postcolony investigates why and how contemporary artists have revisited former European colonies. This book explores the complex ways these artists’ projects respond to the bio-political crises of the present, especially as the claims of globalization— freedom, justice, inclusivity—have faltered in the wake of failed states, economic and political inequality, and ongoing wars for resources, security, and economic dominance worldwide. In this sense, the historically past and the geographically distant haunt the here-and-now, driving an ethical-political as well as aesthetic set of imperatives: to learn to live with ghosts, and to do so more justly.
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches/ 176 pp/ 53 color
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