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Geopolitics and the Event: Rethinking Britain's Iraq War Through Art

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Geopolitics and the Event: Rethinking Britain's Iraq War Through Art

Alan Ingram

ISBN: 978-1-119-42604-2 July 2019 240 Pages

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An original exploration of the 2003 Iraq war and geopolitics more broadly through the prism of art.

  • Offers a reappraisal of one of the most contentious and consequential events of the early twenty-first century
  • Advances an original perspective on Britain’s role in the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq
  • Maps out new ways of thinking about geopolitical events through art
  • Examines the work of artists, curators and activists in light of Britain’s role as a colonial power in Iraq and the importance of oil
  • Reflects on the significance, limits and dilemmas of art as a form of critical intervention
  • Questions the implications of art in colonialism and modernity

List of Figures vi

Series Editor’s Preface vii

Acknowledgements viii

1 Introduction 1

2 Thinking Geopolitics Through the Event 16

3 Artworks as Evental Assemblages 35

4 Geopolitics at the Museum 57

5 Iraq Beyond Iraq 89

6 Geopolitical Aesthetics of Oil 117

7 Photomontage as Geopolitical Form 140

8 Geopolitical Bodies 163

9 Conclusions 188

References 196

Index 216