Introducing the Multiple Modernisms project

During the twentieth century, Inuit sculptors in the Canadian Arctic, Aboriginal painters in the central Australian desert, printmakers in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, creole photographers along the coast of West Africa, and many other artists in colonised and Indigenous societies around the globe produced outstanding works of art in a wide range of modernist artistic genres. To better address the rapid changes that accompanied or characterised specific iterations of modernity, these artists also often re‑configured or re‑animated inherited artistic traditions. In different places and at different moments artists drew on both local and foreign artistic methods, materials, and ideas to articulate their modern life experiences, revisited colonial pasts marked by oppression and forced assimilation, and questioned definitions of authenticity and value long promoted within Western art worlds. 

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