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Political Writing on Art and Culture

With an Introduction by Rustom Bharucha
With a Foreword by Elena Mirano
This book is distributed by NUS Press for the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila, and ArtAsiaPacific, Hong Kong.

Marian Pastor Roces is one of the most original thinkers in Southeast Asia addressing the interactions of politics, privilege, state patronage, creativity, tradition, and contemporary art. An art historian, museum director, and cultural theorist, she has shown a keen sensitivity to the relations of power between creators and mediators of art and culture. Gathering is the first-ever collection of essays by Roces, bringing together key pieces in a body of work that is sustained and unrelenting in its commitment to critique in a variety of contexts. Featuring an introduction by Rustom Bharucha, and a foreword by Elena Mirano, the collection presents forty-three essays that were originally published between 1974 and 2018.


324 pages | 2 color plates | 6 1/2 x 8 1/4

Distributed by NUS Press for ArtAsiaPacific, Hong Kong

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Table of Contents

1974 Old Photographs, Recuerdos Tristes
1980 Five Directions in a Steady State
1981 The Convention, a Post-Mortem
1985 The CCP Art and Power Pas de Deux
1986 The Text Is a Fetish Object, and This Fetish Object Desires Me
1989 culture and Culture
1991 Gathering (a Conversation)
1992 Art Text as Bricolage: Philippines
1992 I Am 400 and Multi-lingual
1993 The Necessity of the Craft Problematic
1993 Ethos, Bathos, Pathos
1993 A Review of a Philippine Avant-Garde
1993 Seas of Iniquity, Sins of Inequity
1993 Desert Song
1994 Words
1996 Bodies of Fiction, Bodies of Desire
1997 Slow Release
1998 Cross-Translating Myselves
1998 Curating upon a Body
1998 On the Disposition of Cadavers
1999 Consider Post-Culture
1999 Terror isms: Lamentation for Certain Amoks and Artists
2001 Pictures at an Exhibition: Re-Presenting the Sugar Industry at The Negros Museum, the Philippines
2001 A Letter to an Artist Concerning Her Death : Proposal for a New Museum for Timor Timor
2001 Hossein Valamanesh: Locating Politics
2001 Are Artists Still the Vanguard?
2002 Luna and Hidalgo: Vexed Modernity
2002 The Maids in Manila: a Thick Description
2003 Science Fictions
2004 Proposal to Leave Paradise
2005 Crystal Palace Exhibitions
2006 The Politics of Beauty
2007 Poetics, Politics, and Asia
2008 The Dimensions of the Long March
2011 Falling Man (cityrage)
2013 Curating Barbarians: Descriptions of a Visual Practice
2014 The Absence
2016 Grid, Interrupted
2017 Nation, Comparison, and the Spectre of Art
2018 Conceptual Art, Authoritarianism, 1970s, Asia

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