Dr Aleksandra Łukaszewicz Alcaraz weźmie udział w Konferencji Visual and Performing Arts

Dr Aleksandra Łukaszewicz Alcaraz weźmie udział w IX Międzynarodowej Konferencji "Visual and Performing Arts", która odbędzie sie w dniach 11-14 czerwca 2018 w Atenach, na zaproszenie organizatora konferencji Athens Institute for Education and Research ATINER. Dr Łukaszewicz Alcaraz przedstawi wystąpienie z obszaru estetyki transkulturowej poświęcone głębokiej analizie sztuki współczesnej Aborygenów z pustyni w Australii Centralnej.

Abstrakt wystąpienia:

The interest in Aboriginal art in Europe and in the whole Western world is becoming more and more popular since the late 1980’s. Bigger and smaller, more and less prestigious institutions and galleries are staging Aboriginal art, trying to remove it from the ethnographic field, but at the same time introducing it into the art market. Visual accordance between Aboriginal art – especially from the Central Desert – with Western modernist paintings makes them desirable objects on the art market, but it also leads to laziness in learning about their real meanings.  
In the presentation I would like to indicate some important features of acrylic paintings from the region of the Central Desert, having their roots and explanations in Aboriginal traditions related to the Dreamtime, which is not past history, but the continuous past-present influencing contemporary forms of life.
I will focus on 1) the change of the medium from coloured sand in the desert to acrylic painting on canvas laid on the ground; 2) the realistic character of representing landscape in a form of painted topographic maps; 3) the importance of the use of traditional images and stories, and the simultaneous impossibility of using sacred images and symbols, which develops the discussion about the originality of Aboriginal paintings; 4) the collective way of artistic work and elderly debuts.
These issues are broadly discussed in Australian artistic research, however they are sometimes overseen in Western presentations of Aboriginal art, which devalues their understanding. The understanding of Aboriginal art shouldn’t be based on fitting it into our ready Western concepts of art (for example, that of modernist painting), but it should explore its histories deeper, within its own context.