Punk Orientalism: The Art of Rebellion by Sara Raza
Publisher : Black Dog Pub Ltd, 2022 Language : English Paperback : 192 pages ISBN-10 : 1908966599 ISBN-13 : 978-1908966599 Dimensions : 9.06 x 11.02 inches
"Punk Orientalism: The Art of Rebellion" by Sara Raza explores the spaces and places associated with the former Soviet Union, focusing on artists and ideas hailing from Central Asia and its borders which were long perceived as an extension or ‘client’ states of the USSR. The theme of non-conformity—the “punk” rejection of state authority is a continuous thread throughout the book, highlighting changing and divided societies and their evolving norms in the post-Soviet period. Inspired by the titular concepts: “punk” and “orientalism”, the text functions as a form of bricolage, uniting punk movements and strategies, which can be traced in popular visual culture from the 1970s onwards. The idea of punk is coupled with a critical study of orientalism and its historical association with imperialist assumptions of knowledge. Punk Orientalism expands its association with the territory of the Near East, to look at the USSR’s complex relationship with the Arab world, Iran and Turkey during and after the Cold War period.