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Nancy Garín: Art Resistance: The Body Against Neoliberal Life Management
Art Resistance: The Body Against Neoliberal Life Management
(p. 155 – 174)

Nancy Garín

Art Resistance: The Body Against Neoliberal Life Management

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  • resistance
  • contemporary art
  • artistic practice
  • global ecology
  • rhetoric / elocution
  • politics

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Nancy Garín

is an independent journalist, art researcher and curator developing projects related to critical thinking, new pedagogies, archival research, memory and decolonial theory. She was a member of the Etcetera art collective (Argentina) and the Errorist International movement, with which she participated in different exhibitions and biennials from 2000. In Barcelona she completed the Independent Studies Program (PEI) at the MACBA and co-founded Equipo re, a research platform on the intersection between body and archive policies that brought the AIDS Anarchive into existence, a project on artistic practices and political activism related to HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s. This project led to the organization of various events between 2012 and 2018, including exhibitions at Tabakalera (2016), Conde Duque (2017) and CED-MACBA (2018–2019). Between 2012 and 2017 she also participated in the research group “Peninsula. Procesos coloniales y prácticas artísticas y curatoriales” based at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid. Recently, since 2017 she is running the Espectros de lo Urbano project, a research and pedagogical space focused on the urban phenomenon as a privileged ally of the predatory processes of capitalism and the neoliberal agenda linked to the colonial machinery. Some of Garín’s writings can be found in the collective volume Subversiones artísticas en regímenes totalitarios y otras formas de intervencionismo estatal, edited by Laia Manonelles Moner and Vícor Ramírez Tur (Palma: UIB, 2018) and in the Talking to Action research platform blog linked to the Otis College of Art and Design (2014). She currently focuses on initiatives and experiences linked to critical pedagogy through art and teaching—mainly seminars and workshops in different institutions as well as participating in publications and exhibitions
Sara Alonso Gómez (ed.), Isabel J. Piniella Grillet (ed.), ...: NO Rhetoric(s)

This volume maps some of the territories where points of resistance can be located and where art’s resistant potential becomes relevant once again. "NO Rhetoric(s): Versions and Subversions of Resistance in Contemporary Global Art" focuses on a neuralgic issue which was intensely debated during the last three decades, but has rarely become a topic of its own. It offers an updated way which art presents itself as an agent of resistance, whether in a mere rhetorical stance or as an effective critical strategy. In the face of general discourse of revolt and insurrection that is highly fashionable today, it is necessary to ask whether the gesture of ‘negation’ still yields an emancipatory potential. Struggling between NO rhetoric and NO to rhetoric, the artistic and the political field permanently interfere with each other; sometimes they merely overlap, while at other moments they strongly insist on demarcating themselves. Nonetheless it remains to be seen more precisely of what their respective critical forces and agonality consist. In this sense, the book contributes to a deeper understanding of the different logics of resistance at play between art and the political, as expressed by Jacques Rancière in his distinction between “the politics of the becoming-life of art and the politics of the resistant form.”

 

This volume provides a diverse array of voices and essays from the academic and artistic field that present theoretical approaches as well as study cases. By juxtaposing them, it encompasses both the complexity and diversity of artistic practices within a global instituting framework that seems to capitalize on different political streams. The reader will find contributions on sexual dissidence, ecology and the Anthropocene, geopolitics of the digital age and institutional critique. The authors, artists and scholars from different disciplines share their desire to shed some light on how art approaches these urgent issues.

 

Contributors: Sara Alonso Gómez, Mieke Bal, Zach Blas, Katharina Brandl, Nancy Garín, Kendell Geers, Ben Grosser and Geert Lovink, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Federico Luisetti, Charlotte Matter, Isabel J. Piniella Grillet, Nadia Radwan, Fiona Siegenthaler, David Tenorio, and Jaime Vindel.

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