Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 June 2018

304 Pages | 41 black & white illustrations

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9781526101198

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Engendering an avant-garde

The unsettled lansdcapes of Vancouver photo-conceptualism

First Edition

Leah Modigliani

Published by Manchester University Press

Rethinking Arts Histories MUP

  • The first feminist critique of the development of Vancouver photo-conceptualism between 1968 and 1990
  • Makes a contribution to the field of discourse analysis through an art-historical study of texts written by and about Vancouver photo-conceptualist artists
  • Offers a structural explanation for why the discourse of avant-garde photography in Vancouver was and remains gendered masculine
  • Considers the importation of a European avant-garde discourse into Vancouver as a case study of a settler-colonial transfer narrative of the right to belong in settler territory
  • Broad in scope, covering the transition from the 'defeatured landscapes' produced between 1968-71, to cinematographic photographs of the late 1970s and the subsequent backlash in the 1980s
  • Covers a range of well-known artists, including Jeff Wall and Ian Wallace
  • Includes 41 high-quality B&W reproductions of artworks discussed
  • Will appeal to scholars and students interested in Canadian art history, photography, the history of the avant-garde and visual culture

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