How can art have a transformative social impact? How might its impact be affected by its cultural display? This essay discusses Hannah Arendt’s concept of the ‘space of appearance’ with relation to Hong Kong Intervention – an artwork in which 100 migrant domestic workers photographed a plastic toy grenade in the homes of their employers. Reflecting on texts by Hanna Pitkin and Ernesto Laclau, it suggests that art, as a space of appearance, can be politically powerful, but it must generate an antagonistic mode of engagement that forwards an open, questioning approach to the political. It argues that this approach opens up politically affective spaces within dominant social structures.
|Title of host publication||Cultures of Violence|
|Subtitle of host publication||Visual Arts and Political Violence|
|Editors||Ruth Kinna, Gillian Whiteley|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 16 Apr 2020|