Forces of Art
Perspectives for a Changing World
Edited by Carin Kuoni, Jordi Baltà Portolés, Nora N. Khan, Serubiri Moses

Mariam Abou Ghazi, Kobina Ankomah-Graham, Jordi Baltà Portolés, Ilka Eickhof, Fernando Escobar Neira, Fatin Farhat Maya Indira Ganesh, Rocca Holly-Nambi, Miranda Jeanne Marie Iossifidis, Nuraini Juliastuti, Nora N. Khan, Višnja Kisić, Diana T. Kudaibergenova, Carin Kuoni, Kabelo Malatsie, Jenny Mbaye, Zayd Minty, Nadia Moreno Moya, among many others.


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Forces of Art investigates the way in which artists, artworks and cultural organizations affect people and their social environments, and explores how cases of creative practice have been operational in empowering people, communities, and societies in their given contexts. An extensive volume with many case studies and research conducted by people from different regions, rather than written about them

Art, Popular Culture, Theory / History / Criticism
Forces of Art reflects on the transforming power of art in communities in the global south. It is a dense, multi-layered, polyvocal compendium of current thinking about the impact of art on civil society and social change, and contains a large number of essays and case studies located all over the world, from Central Asia to Meso and Latin America, from Africa to Central Europe, from South and South-East Asia to the Middle East. The driving force is the shared concern and responsibility for societies worldwide, with regards to culture and the well-being of its communities. Considering the question of how art can be consequential, the book challenges the reader to think beyond art as representation, as merely aesthetical, or as simply an object or commodity. Instead, it stirs thinking of art in terms of a force that has the ability to transform. A book designed by Lu Liang.

Carin Kuoni is an American curator, writer, arts administrator, and director of The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School in New York City, US.
Jordi Baltà Portolés works as an advisor for the Committee on Culture of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), and he is also a freelance researcher, consultant and trainer in the areas of culture.
Nora N. Khan is an American writer of fiction, non-fiction, and literary criticism. She is currently on the Faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design in Digital and Media.
Serubiri Moses is a Ugandan writer and curator based in New York, and currently Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Hunter College.

456 pages
Paperback, 15x24 cm
Valiz, 1st edition 2020
ISBN 9789492095893