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Arrested Welcome

Hospitality in Contemporary Art

2020
Author:

Irina Aristarkhova

Arrested Welcome

Interpreting the meaning of hospitality in an unwelcoming political moment


Amid xenophobic challenges to America’s core value of welcoming the tired and the poor, Arrested Welcome calls for new forms of hospitality in her engagement with the works of eight international artists. The first monograph on hospitality in contemporary art, it blends feminist analysis with in-depth case studies and asks who, how, and what determines who is worthy of our welcome.

Amid xenophobic challenges to America’s core value of welcoming the tired and the poor, Irina Aristarkhova calls for new forms of hospitality in her engagement with the works of eight international artists. In this first monograph on hospitality in contemporary art, Aristarkhova employs a feminist perspective to critically explore the artworks of Ana Prvački, Faith Wilding, Lee Mingwei, Kathy High, Mithu Sen, Pippa Bacca, Silvia Moro, and Ken Aptekar and ask who, how, and what determines who is worthy of our welcome.

 

Spanning a diverse range of contemporary art practices, Arrested Welcomeshows how artists challenge our existing notions of hospitality—culturally, philosophically, and politically. From the role of “microcourtesies” in social change to the portrayal of waiting as a feminist endeavor, Aristarkhova looks deeply into topics such as gender stereotypes of welcome, ways to reclaim civility, and the means by which guests (sometimes human, sometimes animal) push the limits of our hosting traditions.

 

Blending a feminist analysis of hospitality with in-depth case studies on how contemporary artists stimulate personal reflection and political engagement, Aristarkhova initiates these important conversations at a critical time of national and international hospitality crises.

Arrested Welcome

Irina Aristarkhova is associate professor at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is author of Hospitality of the Matrix: Philosophy, Biomedicine, and Culture.


Arrested Welcome

Contents


Introduction: Welcome as Resistance


1. Reclaimed Civility: Ana Prvački


2. Undoing Waiting: Faith Wilding


3. The Man Who Welcomes: Lee Mingwei


4. Hosting the Animal: Kathy High


5. Welcome Withdrawn: Mithu Sen


6. A Leap of Faith: Pippa Bacca and Silvia Moro


Conclusion. Hospitality Now: Ken Aptekar


Acknowledgments


Notes


Index