Colour permeates contemporary visual culture. More than just a surface covering or an application of colour theories, colour has a sensory impact: it affects our bodies, colours our perceptions and memories, and it is deeply rooted in systems of thought that categorise and divide along a number of culturally constructed lines. While colour has no intrinsic shape, it takes shape and acquires a multitude of meanings within differing historical and cultural contexts. Ranging from black and white to the almost infinite possibilities afforded by the mixing of colours, colour becomes imbued with specific symbolic and material meanings that tint our constructions of ideal or unruly bodies; of gender or sex formations, the relationship of self to others, and of cultural difference.
This strand seeks to address the diverse ways in which historians of art and visual culture, theorists, artists, and curators have sought to explore, question, negotiate and disrupt dominant attitudes toward colour in contemporary visual culture. Contributions are welcomed that engage with a range of media including painting, performance, sculpture, digital art, photography, film, video and installation.
Papers are invited based on original research or presentations of artistic practice, in any of the following areas:
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