Art and human rights

Contemporary Asian contexts

By Caroline Turner and Jen Webb

Art and human rights


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9957-1
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: January 2016
  • BIC Category: Art History, The arts: general issues, Social & cultural history, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Human Rights, ART / Art & Politics, Asia, Humanities / Social & cultural history
  • Series: Rethinking Art's Histories


Contemporary Asian art has had a remarkable impact on global art practice, in addition to serving as a record of the region's history from decolonisation to the present. Many Asian artists are deeply concerned about what it means to be human and to contribute to the development of a sustainable society, as well as having a sustained commitment to making art. This book, written at the start of the 'Asian century', focuses on the contexts and conditions which have helped to shape both art practice and postcolonial society in the region. One of the first surveys of contemporary Asian art, it uses case studies of key artists to discuss the work in relation to issues of human rights, social and environmental well-being and creativity. As such, it makes an important contribution to studies of contemporary Asian art and art history.


1. Frameworks and contexts
2. The artist as cultural and political activist
3. War, violence and divided societies
4. Globalisation and identity: the challenge of a globalising world
5. Worldmaking in art


Caroline Turner is a curator and academic who has written extensively on contemporary Asian art and is currently an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Research School of Humanities and the Arts, Australian National University

Jen Webb is Distinguished Professor in Creative Practice and Director of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research in the Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra

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