What is art? In this 5 Questions interview, Matthew Jesse Jackson, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago and a leading expert on Soviet nonconformist art, challenges us to redefine the basic meaning of “art.” In doing so, he calls us to reconsider the role played by critics within the history of conceptual art. Considering technological determinism, Jackson argues that the “global” is no longer a useful notion today as it is not manifested evenly or concretely in cultures around the world. He concludes by advocating for a study of the everyday in Soviet official and unofficial art.
Film historian and curator Ashish Rajadhyaksha discusses the need for a canon, the year 1971, cracks in the bastion of the nation(al), the belated effects of censorship, and the pluralization of globalities
Artist Gluklya (Natalya Pershina-Yakimanskaya) speaks about the importance of specific, local narratives for her work: “The experiments that I am doing… are the only reality, the only narrative that I can imagine.”
Karin Zitzewitz discusses significant impulses and influences on art production in South Asia, between the artists’ immediate context and practices or discourses of feminism and globalization, which have dominated since the 1980s.