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Holiday Powers presents a shorter version of her paper "Re-conceptualizing Freedom and Social Cohesion in Contemporary Art", the full text of which is available on this website, on PDF file. In this paper, she argues that limitation is not equivalent to censorship and that any notion of freedom is limited in its balance with social cohesion. She looks to two examples from visual culture in which images have been limited to try to understand how the space for that limitation was created : the exhibition of colonial photographs by Hector Acebes and the choice to not print the Danish cartoons in a recent book by the Yale University Press. Holiday then connects these back to exhibition practices for contemporary art.
Holiday Powers : Re-conceptualizing Freedom and Social Cohesion in Contemporary Art
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With the support of Cornell University’s Graduate School and History of Art and Visual Culture Department, and with thanks to Salah Hassan, Iftikhar Dadi, Saba Mahmood, and Abdellah Karroum