Distant Relations: Chicano, Irish, Mexican Art and Critical Writing Paperback – 1 Dec 1995
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DISTANT RELATIONS: CHICANO, IRISH AND MEXICAN ART AND
Edited by Trisha Ziff. Intro Lucy Lippard.
Distant Relations is about languages - the visual, textual, and aural expressions of Chicana/o, Irish and Mexican (trans)national cultures.
Defending and maintaining these cultural identities in the face of hegemony is the overarching theme.
Distant Relations includes essays by 21 authors, including Amalia Mesa-Bains, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, and Elena Poniatowska, and 12 visual artists, including John Valadez, Frances Hegarty, and Silvia Gruner.
The anthology serves as the catalogue for the internationally traveling exhibition, "Distant Relations/Cercanías Distances/Clann I
gCéin: A Dialogue Among Chicano, Irish and Mexican Artists." As the anthology reveals, the affinities between these cultural groups are (surprisingly) many.
But the real common ground, according to Lucy Lippard in her introduction, is "the retention of a mixed, still powerful and often romanticized identity that is layered beneath the surfaces
of modernity and internationalism - an identity manipulated as often in popular as in 'high' culture."
Included in the anthology is a compact disc of two "sound works" by composers Roger Doyle and Manuel Rocha Iturbide.
The visual art and essays in Distant Relations makes the music all the more intertextually significant.
Here, the cacophony of Chicana/o, Irish and Mexican "identity/hybridity" is given aural form.
I highly recommend this anthology as a library addition.
As the first publication to compare Chicana/o, Irish and Mexican art and popular culture, Distant Relations provides a model of critical writing and exhibition practice as we look to the emerging global shift from local to transcultural aesthetics.