Art and Polemic in Pakistan: Cultural Politics and Tradition in Contemporary Miniature Painting

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I. B. Tauris, Sep 15, 2010 - Art - 320 pages
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Contemporary artists in Pakistan have, in recent decades, revived and reinvented miniature painting: a traditional artform which had faded under the colonial influence of the British, and is now gaining ground as a medium for a new generation of artists to challenge the world around them. At once traditional and post-modern, the miniature paintings reveal a satirical treatment of serious issues: from religious and political fundamentalism to "McDonalization," from violence against women to nuclear warfare, from the pressures of Purdah to the machismo of Lollywood film posters. This is the first in-depth look at this contemporary art movement which provides a fascinating insight into the links between art and politics, and between indigenous and global aesthetics. Forty miniature paintings are reproduced here in full color.

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Contents

MINIATURE MANOEUVRES
1
SOCIAL POLITICAL AND HISTORICAL FORMATIONS
9
MINIATURE PRACTICE
47
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About the author (2010)

Virginia Whiles is Associate Lecturer at Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts, London. She gained her PhD in Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and Asian Studies, University of London.

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