Deinstitutionalizing Art of the Nomadic Museum: Practicing And Theorizing Critical Art Therapy With Adolescents

1st Edition

Eva Marxen

May 4, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 232 Pages
ISBN 9780815361268 - CAT# K346958
Series: Explorations in Mental Health


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Deinstitutionalizing Art of the Nomadic Museum explores the possibility of the "nomadic museum" to facilitate social and political resistance through engagement with critical art practices and imagery. Grounded in a decade-long art therapy project in a contemporary art museum setting, this book offers a theoretically rich conceptualization of this experience.

The text establishes an institutional critique of both the dominant psychopathology discourse and the instrumentalizations of art practices. Innovative in its approach, the results are analyzed in the framework of subjects such as hegemony-subalterity, subjectivity, resistance, the nomadic, critical art practices, narratives and minor language, deinstitutionalization, anti-psychiatries as well as institutional therapy. With a special focus on Latin America, international artists’ writings and works are intersected with the thoughts of curators and museum decision makers. The inevitable connection of the arts with social and political fields are highlighted, enabling the exploration of the intersections of art, critical analysis, social science, psychoanalysis, and political philosophy.

This text will be of great interest to graduate and postgraduate students, academics, researchers, Libraries and Museum curators in the fields of art therapy, psychoanalysis, contemporary art, social & cultural anthropology, and political philosophy.

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