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The Return of Religion and Other Myths:A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst presents another publication in their Critical Reader Series and the final part of a three-fold project, organized by BAK under same title.
The popular assumption of the return of religion to the field of artistic practice and its discourses, the public sphere, contemporary politics, and media in the West is interrogated as a constitutive 'myth' of our current condition.
Through a wide-ranging selection of texts, prominent artists, art historians, scholars of religion, sociologists, theorists, and thinkers unpack the historical underpinnings of religion's so-called 'return', art's long-standing relationship with iconoclasm and connection to religious representation, the manipulation of certain religious imagery in the mass media, and contemporary art's potential to complicate and problematize commonly-held beliefs about the role and potential of the image in today's world.
The reader contains commissioned texts, a number of new translations, and adapted contributions from On Post-Secularism, a series of lectures and conversations that took place within the framework of The Return of Religion project in late 2008 and early 2009.

The Return of Religion and Other Myths: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art is edited by Maria Hlavajova (artistic director, BAK), Sven L├╝tticken (writer and curator, Amsterdam), and Jill Winder (curator of publications, BAK).
With contributions by: Jan Assmann (Egyptologist and cultural theorist, Heidelberg and Konstanz), Christina von Braun (cultural theorist, Berlin), Paul Chan (artist, New York), Boris Groys (philosopher, New York/Cologne) & Maria Hlavajova, Arnoud Holleman (artist, Amsterdam), Marc de Kesel (philosopher, Ghent and Nijmegen), Kenan Malik (writer and researcher, London), Maria Pask (artist, Amsterdam), Dieter Roelstraete (writer and curator, Berlin/Antwerp), and Jorinde Seijdel (art historian and critic, Amsterdam).
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paperback | 216 pp | 11.5 x 16.5 cm