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CAN WE TALK ABOUT CONTEMPORARY AVANT-GARDE OUTSIDE WESTERN CULTURES? THE CASE OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA.

We invite you to read the article by Dr. Aleksandra Lukaszewicz Alcaraz, published in Scientific Journal: "Art Inquiry. Recherchers sur les arts" Vol. XIX (XXVIII), Lodz 2017, which is the effect of the research within TICASS project.
 
Abstract: 
The appreciation of the importance of the avant-garde, and of its re-thinking of the socio-cultural reality, ensues from its fundamental role for 20th and 21st century art practice and theory. However, in the contemporary global world, asking about the persistence of the avant-garde, we should take into consideration the different social/historical/cultural conditions of the specific geographical regions. In the following article, I focus on postcolonial art in the Republic of South Africa, relating to postmodernism, demonstrating a critical, emancipatory approach and an artistic responsibility for the partial view of the world which the artist co-construes. I try to answer the question of whether we can talk about avant-garde ideas and approaches in South African art, though they have a different background and are not rooted in the tradition of western avant-garde.

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