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The Parallel paths between conservation of contemporary art and indigenous collections

F Peters, R; (2016) The Parallel paths between conservation of contemporary art and indigenous collections. Studies in Conservation , 61 (S2) pp. 183-187. 10.1080/00393630.2016.1200839. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper uses a range of case studies from contemporary art and indigenous collections to explore synergies between the disciplines and pose questions about contemporary perceptions of condition and durability. The idea that value is only connected to original material or specific perceptions of condition has been challenged repeatedly by the very makers and primary users of these collections. Nevertheless, old expectations in relation to collections may still affect conservation processes. The conservator is positioned at the center of these tensions, trying to understand, negotiate and mediate the interests and values of dynamic layers of significance associated with the object being treated. Attempting to homogenize or generalize these relationships would directly affect the complexity of the meanings of the artworks and run the risk of hollowing them.

Type: Article
Title: The Parallel paths between conservation of contemporary art and indigenous collections
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00393630.2016.1200839
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00393630.2016.1200839
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Deterioration, intent, interpretation, longevity, meaning, significance, values, replicas
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1522140
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