by Mollona, Massimiliano (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK) | The arts
Published 20/05/2021 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (Zed Books Ltd) in the United Kingdom as part of the In Common series
Paperback | 208 pages
Art/Commons is the first book to theorise the commons from the perspectives of contemporary art history and anthropology, focusing on the ongoing tensions between art and capitalism. This study is grounded in an analysis of contemporary artistic and curatorial practices, which the author describes as practices of commoning, based on co-production, participation, mutualism and the valorization of reproductive labour. Mollona proposes a novel theoretical approach to current debates on the commons, and shows that art can provide both a language of anti-capitalist and post-colonial critique as well as a distinctive set of skills and practices of commoning.