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Through a singular perspective of the ‘conformed body’ based on everyday practices in the People’s Republic of China, this groundbreaking book project examines the role of mass assemblies and the conformity of bodily trainings and exercises in China, as well as their impact on people’s perceptions and collective memories. It identifies the related artworks, reassesses artistic interpretations with critical reflections, and explores an origin of artistic productions in post-Mao China. Featured with more than 200 colour illustrations, the book discusses the works by more than 30 internationally acclaimed artists, including Ai Weiwei, Geng Jianyi, Song Dong, Xu Bing, Zhang Peili and Zhang Xiaogang.
Essays on Pockets, Pouches and Secret Drawers
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This essay collection focuses on enclosure, deception and secrecy in three spatial areas – the body, clothing and furniture. It contributes to the study of private life and explores the micro-history of hidden spaces. The contents of pockets may prove a surer index to their owner’s real thoughts than anything they say; a piece of furniture with ingenious mechanisms created to conceal secrets may also reveal someone’s attempts to break in and thus give away as much as it holds. Though the book’s focus is on particular material or imagined objects, taken as a whole it exemplifies a range of interdisciplinary encounters between history, literary criticism, art history, philosophy, psychoanalysis, sociology, criminology, archival studies, museology and curating, and women’s studies.
Shaping Identities between Networks and Patronage (c. 1530-1690)
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In this volume Giulia Zanon sheds new light on our grasp of social hierarchy and the possibilities for social mobility in pre-modern Italy. By adopting an interdisciplinary approach that combines deep archival research with a multitude of artistic and architectural artefacts, this work breaks new ground by contextualizing the part played by social relationships and the arts in publicly affirming and displaying the prestige of the middling sorts, the cittadini, in early modern Venice.