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With his seminal essay ‘The artist as ethnographer?’, Hal Foster () put the. ‘ ethnographic turn’ in contemporary art high on the agenda of cultural studies. Reading: Hal Foster: The Artist as Ethnographer. Some Key Points: Assumption that the site of artistic transformation is the site of political. The Artist as Ethnographer? Hal Foster. I. THE ARTIST AS ETHNOGRAPHER? assumptions lead to another point of connection with the Be~amin account of the.

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Ethnograpuer artist must resist the tendency to project political truth onto this constructed other. Westmoreland are imaginary as are the conspiracies and structures of feeling that they inhabit. It was unclear what the CIA would want with these childish objects. But these ‘critiques’ are often commissioned, and site specific work faces the danger of becoming a museum category, where the institution imports critique for purposes of inoculation.

The prefix “trans” suggests liminalitya ethnogrqpher of ‘in between-ness’, valuing cultures ‘in between’ predominant cultures. Brandon Hopkins bhopkins uchicago. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

While Lebanese film and video has been faced with the burden of representing the failure of the nation and its replacement with prolonged political violenceexperimental approaches have emerged that emphasize the ‘impossibilities’ of traumatic historical representation. After this encounter, Tata refused to take my calls and when Etgnographer saw him at Al Madina Theatre he acted as if he had never met me.

Foster claims that anthropology, the science of alterity, has become the lingua franca of artistic practice and critical discourse: Instead, these artists utilize non-linear personal narratives, embedded documentary elements, and media recycling in order to blur boundaries between fact and fiction, art and ethnography, and identity and subjectivity.

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For those artists who have appropriated ethnography within their practices, Foster’s critique is three-fold. The object of contestation remains, at least in part, the bourgeois institution of autonomous art, its exclusionary definitions of art, audience, identity. Accordingly, we can see Tata’s work as revisionary. Despite these valid points, Foster admits that the collaboration between artists and etbnographer have often resulted in illuminating results, such as recovering suppressed histories.


Documentary artefacts are thus not records of the real, but casings, hollow shells, empty remnants of remembering. Retrieved from ” https: It is worth noting that direct criticism would not yield the same result regardless of artidt merits of each approach.

Foster, “The Artist as Ethnographer” annotation by Brandon Hopkins

The book presents a strong argument for encouraging artists and anthropologists to learn directly from each other’s practices ‘in the arrtist. Inscribed inside the bag is the name P. Ethnographic mapping of a given institution or a related community. Refiguring Art and Anthropologyeds. Reflexivity, parody of primitivism, reversal of ethnological roles—subversions of the dominate culture—potentially release the artist from self-contradiction, ideological patronage, and cultural arrogance.

Rather than focusing on ‘background’ dimensions of the art world, this intersection between art and anthropology addresses shared practices and methodologies.

In a recent copyright infringement case, the Tata Group sued Marhaba Tata for falsely associating himself with the industrial magnate, Ratan Tata, who runs the Tata Group. The courts identify Marhaba Tata as one ‘P.

This critical distance doesn’t provide time to see the past more objectively, but rather to see the way ideas, images and objects from the past refract in the present in ways that elucidate the social and political imaginaries.

I later learned that he was telling people that the CIA, presumably referring to me, had interrogated him and demanded the return of the bag and its contents featured in his films. The first two initials of the bag’s owner clearly connect to Tata’s evocation of a postscript. When he learned artixt name, however, he became instantly excitable and seemed rather suspicious. In other words, the impossibility of representing the traumatic past yal met by creative approaches to understanding the remnants of the past in the present.

While he interrogates the meaning of a diplomatic mission and the ubiquitous ethnpgrapher of American expatriates living in the Middle East, one cannot help but be struck by the ordinary ways in which these individuals talk about their experience.


To do so would take for granted the various structures of legitimization that practitioners from the Middle East and across the global south must constantly negotiate in order to access the global art world. Why this prestige of anthropology in contemporary art? And yet, the film removes the questions, thus eliminating nal context for answers that at times seem confrontational and at other times nonsensical.

Could Marhaba Tata’s interest in these objects and their ability to create fantastical conspiracy narratives also be motivating the CIA? ehnographer


Though this model is intended to undermine the authority of the anthropologist, it may actually reinforce it by positioning the anthropologist ethnohrapher the expert reader of culture-as-text. Effect of projecting alterity; overlapping with our own unconscious. The interface between art practices and ethnographic enquiry provides a ethnograher site for apprehending the affective potential of ficto-criticism to momentarily crystallize these imaginaries.

Firstly, Foster relies on an antiquated notion of ethnography that most anthropologists now rigorously scrutinize. For critics, General Westmoreland is often accused of escalating the war in Vietnam under false pretenses.

The outcome of the case required that Marhaba Tata stop making claims that involved the Tata Group and family, but could continue to use Marhaba Tata as a pseudonym. Monday, July 19, Reading: Each of which are also types of afterthoughts. As such, she enumerates artisr key areas ripe for enquiry: By re-enchanting these mimetic artits, Lebanese documentary experimentalists break through the blockages of amnesia, to see around representational eclipses, and rupture ossified narratives that reify violence.