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Date(s) - 31 March 2021
17:00 - 18:00

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While recent interventions in art and political theory foreground the role of contemporary art in rethinking politics from below, there is a dearth of empirical studies of how this happens in the everyday practices of artists and political movements. To fill this gap, the IMAGINART project offers an anthropological study of the role of artistic practices in reimagining transforming polities. Examining the connection between the so-called social turn in art and dissolving or mutating social infrastructures, the project focuses on three art worlds that have figured prominently in recent protest movements against state repression, corruption, or neoliberal restructuring in Italy, Lebanon/the West Bank, and Hungary. The central research objective is to understand how art can reimagine institutions in the context of ongoing state transformation (postcolonial, postsocialist, neoliberal), and how it can affect the political imagination, institutional change, and citizenship. Chiara De Cesari and Aria Spinelli will present  ongoing research concerning specifically the Italian case study.