WE ARE LOOKING FOR PANELISTS FOR THE BELOW PANEL FOR CAA 2021 THAT WILL TAKE PLACE ONLINE
Please send your abstracts to the contact addresses by Sept. 15
Jean-Luc Nancy appropriates the term “communovirus” to describe how isolation paradoxically creates a way of experiencing community—as the pithy #alonetogether reductively proclaims. In contrast, there are alarming developments amidst the COVID-19 crisis: the turbulence of state apparatus in managing the crisis and questionable assertions of states’ authority, an increase in domestic violence and the rising vulnerability of refugees in camps and the incarcerated. Sheltering in place is a secure option only for the reasonably affluent—divisions are starkly laid bare in such times as our lowest-paid workers are deemed “essential”. Such volatile conditions make many of us question: what roles and responsibilities do the visual arts shoulder as society undergoes such sudden and profound change? As educators, practitioners and curators of art and its social history, how can we contribute to the emergent forms shaping humanity’s understanding of community, both at local and global levels? Does art have the power to unite and connect in times of crisis, as Audrey Azoulay, the head of the UNESCO, proclaims? Papers in this session analyze art produced during periods of extreme societal rupture (such as war, famine, drought and illness) to reveal the necessity of creative expression in defiance of overwhelming hopelessness. Through a Marxist lens, presenters seek to understand parallels between art’s response to today’s pandemic and its precedent during prior episodes of collapse, both epidemiologically and economically.