The Politics of Art: An Evening with author Mieke Bal and artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila
Please join us for a conversation and signing to celebrate the global launch of critic, theorist, and filmmaker Mieke Bal’s newest publication, Thinking in Film: The Politics of Video Installation According to Eija-Liisa Ahtila, the second volume in her trilogy on the questions of political art.
Bal writes that she “chose Ahtila… because of the restraint with which she manages to move us deeply on a political level without ever falling into propaganda. Her oeuvre demonstrates that the political impact of art is not dependent on political statements, but, on the contrary, must stay away from the rhetoric of politics. To put it bluntly: political of art must stay aloof of politics in order to be effective. Although Ahtila’s work invariably touches us with issues that have political ramifications—such as colonialism, gender politics, and the streamlining of the imagination—even in the face of the most blatantly political issues, she will not pronounce.”
Co-sponsored by the Davis Museum and the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities, this event is supported by the Kathryn Wasserman Davis ’28 Fund for World Cultures and Leadership and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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