Introduction: anthropology and curation through the looking glass

TitleIntroduction: anthropology and curation through the looking glass
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsSansi, Roger
ISBN Number978-1-00-308681-9
AbstractThe attraction of anthropology for contemporary art practitioners in the 1990s was premised on the assumption that it could offer a critical take on the politics of representation, a less ethnocentric and elitist approach to art and culture than that of modern art. Just like in art practice, participatory curation has a big precedent in the 1970s, when new museological practices emerged in community museums and ethnological museums. But it would be in the 1990s that these practices would become widespread in contemporary art curation, acquiring a new dimension, from the periphery to the centre of cultural production: participation was not just a marginal form of practice – it became a dominant paradigm. The object of study of anthropology is no longer a given singular community, located in a singular space for a particular time, but an assemblage of different parts: people, places, objects, concepts and agencies of different sorts that constitute contemporary assemblages.
Short TitleIntroduction