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‘Political-Timing-Specific’ Performance Art in the Realm of the Museum

Marçal, H; Salazar, D; (2022) ‘Political-Timing-Specific’ Performance Art in the Realm of the Museum. In: Baldacci, Cristina and Nicastro, Clio and Sforzini, Arianna, (eds.) Cultural Inquiry. (pp. 239-254). ICI Berlin Press: Berlin, Germany. Green open access

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Can reenactments be a way to create counter-narratives in and for the museum? Through the analysis of political performance (or what the artist Tania Bruguera calls ‘political-timing-specific’ artworks), this essay discusses the potential of reenactment as both a practice of materializing memories and narratives of oppression and of rethinking museum policies in terms of preservation and display. Its main argument is that, while the archive can be regarded as a form of materializing the memory of these works, reenactment is more than a way of recovering the past; it is also a device for reconstructing memories of activism and oppression. This essay further suggests that reenactments of political-timing-specific works demand a change in accessioning, conservation, and presentation practices, which might be inclined to erase decentralized art-historical and material narratives.

Type: Book chapter
Title: ‘Political-Timing-Specific’ Performance Art in the Realm of the Museum
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.37050/ci-21_24
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.37050/ci-21_24
Language: English
Additional information: © by the author(s) Except for images or otherwise noted, this publication is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. © 2022-01-04 ICI Berlin Press
Keywords: reenactment; museum; activism; political-timing-specific art; memory
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History of Art
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10141999
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