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Contemporary Art as a Catalyst for Social Change: Public Art and Art Production in a Community of Practice
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Culture, Society and Media Production - KSM. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This master thesis contextualise, and discuss the contemporary art as a catalyst for change, and raises social issues through art production in the urban district Nima. Perspectives of "community", and "community of practice" affiliates with examples of placed based art, mainly mural paintings performed in the urban landscape of the community, in the stigmatised community Nima, an area in Ghana’s capital Accra.

The study has identified an artistic climate that is emerging from within the community, where artists have created a system for various forms of arts education. The artistic climate is a process of social practice, and this study further discuss the interaction of people in the process of art production, which provides both local, and global perspectives of art. Issues of representation, especially who is in the position to represent others, and how others are in fact represented are discussed and analysed as well as the terminology of “African art”.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 77 p.
Keyword [en]
Contemporary Art, Community, Community of Practice, Mural Painting, Ghana, Community Art, Public Art, Representation
National Category
Ethnology Art History
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-113465ISRN: LIU-ISAK/KSM-A--14/06--SEOAI: diva2:781923
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Institutionen för kulturantropologi och etnologi/Uppsala universitet
Subject / course
Culture, Society and Media Production, D-level
Available from: 2015-01-20 Created: 2015-01-19 Last updated: 2015-03-24Bibliographically approved

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