Transcultural Encounters: Gender and Genre in Franco-Maghrebi Art

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Art since the 1980s reveals a striking proliferation of works exploring the complex cross-cultural identities that have resulted from a long history of exchange between France and the Maghreb. This adventurous study examines distinctively visual means of presenting ‘Franco-Maghrebi’ identities in performance, video, photography and installation art.

Transcultural encounters investigates the ways in which such art spurs a re-thinking of both postcolonial and feminist issues and critical terms in an uneven globalised frame. It demonstrates how this corpus develops art historical debates concerning gender and representation, while also considering emerging visions of the Maghreb. Analysing a wide range of works presented in galleries, online or in the street, this study shows how they test the boundaries of established art genres, calling for the invention of new modalities of ‘reading’ transnational visual culture. The first book to explore postcolonial and feminist approaches to contemporary art from a ‘Francophone’ space, Transcultural encounters incorporates much material that has previously received little critical attention.

The book will be of interest to researchers in French studies, postcolonial studies, visual studies and gender studies, as well as curators and artists working across cultures and media.
Translated title of the contributionVisualising Contemporary Franco-Maghrebi Culture: Studies in Performance, Photography, Installation and Digital Media
Original languageEnglish
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages239
ISBN (Print)978-0-7190-8710-3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameRethinking Art's Histories


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