The Politics of Migration and Mobility in the Art World

Transnational Baltic Artistic Practices across Europe

Emma Duester

The Politics of Migration and Mobility in the Art World

Emma Duester

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204 pages | 12 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2
Cloth $106.50 ISBN: 9781789383409 Published June 2021 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

This volume studies the movements of visual artists from the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, where a lack of opportunities makes migration necessary for career progression. Faced with such barriers, how do artists from the Baltic States break into the global art market? Emma Duester argues that these artists form an artistic diaspora of practice, forming communities across geographic and ethnic borders.

Offering a fresh perspective on art and the working lives of those who create it, this multidisciplinary work investigates patterns of migration and mobile working practices across Europe and discusses the implications of artists’ movements on conventional notions of home, mobility, and diaspora. Amid a global refugee crisis, a resurgence in negative portrayals of Eastern Europeans in mainstream media, and increasing anti-immigrant sentiment fueled by Brexit and the rise of protectionism, this is a vital work that shines important new light on diaspora, displacement, and what it means to belong. 



1. Researching the Baltic States and Its Mobile Professionals: Context and Methodology

2. Cross-Cultural Exchange and Cultural Transition in the Baltic Art Worlds

3. The Nature of Artists’ Work: Getting onto the Global Art Market

4. Artists’ Homescapes and a ‘Homing Aesthetics’



Appendix A: Interviewing Artists and Culture Professionals

Appendix B: Artists’ Bios and Permissions

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