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Biting the Hand: Traces of resistance in the Art & Language diaspora

Biting the Hand: Traces of resistance in the Art & Language diaspora

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Edited, compiled and introduced by Paul Wood, Biting the Hand: Traces of Resistance in the Art & Language diaspora is about a dissident formation of artists active in the UK in the 1970s and 80s.

The book tells the story of artists engaging with a critique of then-contemporary modernist art education, who have embarked on a series of theoretical investigations which became increasingly politicised under the pressures of an evolving social crisis. Increased racism, unemployment and attacks on the organised working class all raised questions about how a critical art might respond.

By the late 1970s, these radical artists, mostly in the orbit of the Art & Language group, were producing posters and leaflets for a wide range of left-wing causes, as well as analyses of the politics of art and design education and the role of cultural ideology in maintaining consensus. In the 1980s, as Thatcherism tightened its grip, those involved went their separate ways into areas as diverse as media work, trade unionism, health and education.



Title: Biting the Hand: Traces of resistance in the Art & Language diaspora
Publisher: Rab Rab Press, 2024
Author: Paul Wood
Format: Paperback
Size: 360 pages, 100 illustrations
ISBN: 9789526938905

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