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Art, Land, and Ancestral Stories
The Artist Studio as a Site of Placemaking and Decolonial Celebration of Ancestral Memory

Presents an intimate collection of interviews with dynamic artists across the Americas working with site-specific art practices that address colonial impacts on land, identity, and ancestral memory.

Collection: Artists Studies
ISBN: 9781916985681

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How are artists in the Americas decolonizing creative practice and returning art to its rightful place of social impact and connection?

Through a series of intimate studio-based interviews with artists from Canada to Brazil, Art, Land, and Ancestral Stories explores how artists see their practice as a research site for exploring notions of identity, land, and ancestral legacy in direct resistance to the impacts of colonization.

Covering a wide range of decolonial issues, discover how the content of these influential artistic projects addresses urgent contemporary issues including racism, cultural loss, climate change, and the economic and social impacts on the populations of the Americas.

An investigation into artists’ creative process, artistic research, and cultural modes of making, this book is ideal reading for students and educators of Art, Art History, Design Studies, Colonial and Decolonial Studies, History, and American Studies.

Ilene Sova is an Associate Professor at OCAD University in Toronto. She is an artist, curator, activist, and passionate educator who researches how decolonial pedagogies enrich the classroom community and contribute to deepening our humanity and knowledge of one another.

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How are artists in the Americas decolonizing creative practice and returning art to its rightful place of social impact and connection?

Through a series of intimate studio-based interviews with artists from Canada to Brazil, Art, Land, and Ancestral Stories explores how artists see their practice as a research site for exploring notions of identity, land, and ancestral legacy in direct resistance to the impacts of colonization.

Covering a wide range of decolonial issues, discover how the content of these influential artistic projects addresses urgent contemporary issues including racism, cultural loss, climate change, and the economic and social impacts on the populations of the Americas.

An investigation into artists’ creative process, artistic research, and cultural modes of making, this book is ideal reading for students and educators of Art, Art History, Design Studies, Colonial and Decolonial Studies, History, and American Studies.

About The Author

Ilene Sova is an Associate Professor at OCAD University in Toronto. She is an artist, curator, activist, and passionate educator who researches how decolonial pedagogies enrich the classroom community and contribute to deepening our humanity and knowledge of one another.

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