Laura Petrauskaitė (ed.), Give My Regards to Those You Connect! Cultural Interactions Between South America and Eastern Europe, Vilnius, 2022 (series Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis, vol. 105).
In their critical reconsiderations of the Western canon of art history, the researchers in this volume are calling for a rejection of the hierarchical approach towards art history and are inviting us to regard the latter from a more global and thus more horizontal perspective, which involves rethinking its geography, and recognising the new cultural connections. As the art history and the humanities in general experience a global turn, we see a significant increase in the amount of research on the cultural relations between the geographically remote regions. The artistic connections between South America and Eastern Europe is one such example of a previously under-researched area that is currently experiencing a growing interest.
The aim of this volume is to expand and deepen our understanding of the artistic connections between both regions, enrich this field of research with new personalities, works of art and literature, notable exhibitions, and take up the unexpected perspectives. The title – Give My Regards to Those You Connect! Cultural Interactions Between South America and Eastern Europe – features a quote from the art project by Francisco Tomsich and exemplifies the importance of connections that differ in kind and intensity.
This collection of texts covers a wide historical period spanning from the 17th to 21st centuries. The authors show how, over a range of historical periods, the religious festivities (Rūta Janonienė), art shows and world fairs (Lena Trüper, Karolina Jakaitė), art criticism and artistic networks (Katarzyna Cytlak), and literary translations (Krzysztof Siatka) became certain ‘contact zones’ for the emergence and development of cultural interactions between South America and Eastern Europe. In line with the problematic of connections, the volume features articles on mobility of images (Sigita Maslauskaitė-Mažylienė), transcontinental artistic migration (Laura Pertauskaitė), and the inter-textuality of modern poetry (Dovilė Kuzminskaitė). The authors also discuss the role of orientalist imagination in the construction of the South American and Eastern European identities (Gražina Bielousova), and rethink the impact of coloniality for art canons (Bart Pushaw).
ISSN 1392-0316 (print), 2783-6843 (online)
Format: 17 x 24
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