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UNFIXED. Photography and Postcolonial Perspectives in Contemporary Art

Sara Blokland, Asmara Pelupessy [eds]


UNFIXED. Photography and Postcolonial Perspectives in Contemporary Art

Sara Blokland, Asmara Pelupessy [eds]


Art / Photography / Theory



Graphic designer

Yvonne van Versendaal

Number of pages


Book size

21 x 29,7 cm




Release date: May 24th, 2012

This publication is copublished with Stichting Unfixed Projects.

UNFIXED is a multiplatform project that explores photography's relationship to ideas of ethnicity, culture and identity in contemporary art.

This publication was made possible by the Mondriaan Foundation, Fonds BKVB, Gemeente Dordrecht, CBK Dordrecht.

Pre-orderprice: € 24,50 instead of € 29,50 when you pre-order this publication before 24.05.2012

Edited by Sara Blokland and Asmara Pelupessy, UNFIXED examines photography in postcolonial perspective through the diverse critical positions of an international group of writers, artists and scholars working within contemporary art, photography and cultural analysis. The publication is the finishing work of a multiplatform project that included an artist residency, exhibition, workshop and symposium. As a whole, UNFIXED engaged topics of cultural identity and history together with strategies of artistic research, photo theory and contemporary practices around making, using, studying and writing about photographs.

Produced especially for this publication, UNFIXED presents new voices and visions in the form of nine visual and textual essays. These essays take unique stands towards photography and its history through an unconventional range of approaches and styles. Together with documentation of the different stages of the project, the essays explore topics such as the migration and circulation of photography, vernacular photography, archives, memory, diaspora, self-representation, appropriation, visual sovereignty, exoticism and cultural protocol.

Investigating how photography can be 'unfixed' through contemporary conceptual, theoretical and visual approaches, UNFIXED presents new critical perspectives on photography in relation to the cultural conditions of postcolonialism.

With contributions by:

Kobena Mercer (1960 UK), Keith Piper (1960 UK), Otobong Nkanga (1974 NG/FR), Hank Willis Thomas (1976 US), Charif Benhelima (1967 BE), Naro Snackey (1980 NL), Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (1954 US), Andrea Stultiens (1974 NL), Pamela Pattynama (1958 NL), Yamini Nayar (1975 US), Sandim Mendes (1986 NL), Habda Rashid (1971 UK), Terry Kurgan (ZA), Rattana Vandy (1980 KH), Lizza May David (1975 DE), Natalie Robertson (1962 NZ), Kaddu Wasswa John (1933 UG), Arthur Conrad Kisitu (1975 UG), Quinsy Gario (1984 CU/SM), Murtaza Vali (1974 IN), Asmara Pelupessy (1981 US/NL), Sara Blokland (1969 NL)

From the press

Nominated 'Best Photo Book 2012', photo-eye magazine

'A strong use of archives to understand the use of photography to reinforce to the sitters from whence they came and hoped to become, and modern understanding of those goals and realities.' - Anne Wilkes Tucker, Curator of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston