Annie Malcolm

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Department:
Anthropology
Term:
Summer 2015

My research investigates art practice in art villages in China. I analyze performance and visual art, especially that which makes reference to the socialist period, in order to understand how history becomes an ingredient for meaning making. The art village, a form unique to China, indexes broader processes of urban transformation and raises questions about the global-ness of Chinese cities, urban expansion in relation to the rise of the middle class, and land use as negotiated between state power and citizens. I am interested in what the relationship, or distance, between art objects and the rhetoric that surrounds them expresses about the conditions of art production and consumption in China.