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All in the Same Boat: Migratory Passages in Contemporary Sculpture (No. 82)

All in the Same Boat: Migratory Passages in Contemporary Sculpture (No. 82)

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A growing body of recent international art focuses on boats, as unstable vessels and perilous objects. These works flow into a ‘migratory turn’ in contemporary art, joining a flood of artworks that evoke mass human migration as both subject matter and approach.

Despite the complex ethical-political stakes of the subject, the aesthetic dimension of the work of art often overrides the poignancy of empathetic engagement and political mobilisation.

In this issue, Dr Heather Diack analyses artworks that challenge geopolitical disparities in the present, looking specifically at sculptural installations that stage issues of displacement, dispossession, and salvage using the boat as central device, and artist Issam Kourbaj discusses the motif of the boat in his recent work.

In this issue

Essays on Sculpture Issue 82 features a new essay by Dr Heather Diack, Associate Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Alongside is an interview by Issam Kourbaj, a Syrian-born interdisciplinary artist who works with drawing, performance and sculpture, often using repurposed material.

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Softback, staple-bound
36 pages
230 x 170mm
ISBN 978-1-905462-65-0

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