The critical reader Citizens and Subjects: The Netherlands, for example is a site where issues of fear, anxiety, and (illegal) immigration—but also cultural resistance and emancipation—are discussed through the example of the Netherlands, which stands here as neither a particular nor universal case for discussing the so-called western condition. It asks how art and artists can react to these issues and what possibilities they can create to see things differently. The reader is co-edited by philosopher Rosi Braidotti, curator and writer Charles Esche, and Maria Hlavajova.
With contributions by: BAVO (Gideon Boie & Matthias Pauwels), Sarah Bracke, Esther Captain & Guno Jones, Halleh Ghorashi, Sven Lütticken, Soheila Najand, Henk Oosterling, Baukje Prins and Iris van der Tuin. Further, the reader includes conversations with artists Marlene Dumas, Suchan Kinoshita, Aernout Mik, Melvin Moti, Willem de Rooij, Pages (Nasrin Tabatabai & Babak Afrassiabi), Lawrence Weiner, and Jos Werner.
Table of contents
Introduction: Citizens and Subjects
The Netherlands, for example
Rosi Braidotti, Charles Esche, and Maria Hlavajova
Of Training, Imitation and Fiction
A Conversation with Aernout Mik
Neoliberalism with Dutch Characteristics: The Big Fix-Up of the Netherlands and the Practice of Embedded Cultural Activism
BAVO (Gideon Boie & Matthias Pauwels)
Ex-Corporation. The Dutch Secular Contract in Transformation
A Passport Is a Piece of Paper, or the Enrichment of the Netherlands
Esther Captain and Guno Jones
Ik is een allochtoon
A Conversation with Marlene Dumas
Who Dares to Experiment with Culture?
A Moment to Listen to Those Who Are Quiet
A Conversation with Suchan Kinoshita
Art and the New Image Wars
Proposals for the Future
A Conversation with Melvin Moti
New Cultural Citizens are Not Born but Created
Political Art as an Interesting Gesture? Counterbalancing Political Fear with Artistic ‘Interesse’
Indecisiveness as a Mode of Being
A Conversation with Pages (Nasrin Tabatabai & Babak Afrassiabi)
Beyond Innocence: The Genre of New Realism and Its Contenders
The ‘Droste Effect’ or What Comes after Being Critical?
A Conversation with Willem de Rooij
Generational Othering and the Dutch Obsession with the Here and Now
Iris van der Tuin
Art Is about We
A Conversation with Lawrence Weiner
Editors: Rosi Braidotti, Charles Esche, and Maria Hlavajova
Design: Kummer & Herrman, Utrecht
Published by: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and JRP Ringier
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