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The National Frame: Art and State Violence in Turkey and Germany

Banu Karaca


Based on long-term ethnographic research in the art world of Istanbul and Berlin, The National Frame rethinks the role of art in state governance. It argues that artistic practices, arts patronage and sponsorship, collecting and curating art, and the modalities of censorship, just like official cultural policies, continue to be refracted through the conceptual lens of the nation-state—despite the intensified and much-studied globalization of art. By examining discussions on the civilizing function of art in Germany and Turkey and moments in which art is seen to cede this function, the book rev ... More

Keywords: anthropology of art, art, art worlds, comparison, cultural policy, decivilizing art, dispossession, East/West binary, governance of art, state violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780823290208
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823290208.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Banu Karaca, author
Foundation for Arts Initiatives in New York and Forum Transregionale Studien