Taxidermy and Contemporary Art

Taxidermy and Contemporary Art

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From interior design, to fashion, and contemporary art, taxidermy has undergone a highly controversial resurgence in recent years. This book argues that the return of taxidermy represents much more than a simple revival. It constitutes a highly intriguing and layered cultural phenomenon highlighting the intrinsic complexities in our relationship to animals and nature as we face unprecedented capitalist and environmentalist crises. This book challenges central arguments on anthropocentrism and representation through a multidisciplinary approach. It contextualises taxidermy in art beyond the approaches of postcolonial theory, and adopts a Foucauldian approach to power and knowledge in an art.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 black & white halftones, 8 colour illustrations
  • 1138849367
  • 9781138849365

About Giovanni Aloi

Giovanni Aloi is Teaching Fellow in History of Art, Department of History, Queen Mary University, UK.
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Table of contents

1. Reconfiguring Animal Skins 2. A Nature Panopticon 3. Realism and Decorum 4. Tableau-Objet: The End of the Daydream 5. Foucault's Captive Dogs 6. This is Not a Horse 7. Recovering the Surrealist Thread 8. The Biopolitics of Fur 9. Conclusions: The Sublime Relic
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