Themes of Contemporary Art


Contemporary art has as many objects as its object, or as its theme, as many times as it
appears - in an exhibition in a museum or gallery, in a theater room, when folding the
street, when opening a book… So many themes and objects as their places of
enunciation and manifestation. The subject of Contemporary Art Themes aims to
reflect and recognize the way contemporary artistic practices weave concrete
relationships with the world in which they emerge. We will also relate pressing issues
that arise in the territory of contemporary art with critical discourse and contemporary
thought that arise from other areas of human expression and sociability.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Liliana Coutinho da Silva


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 280

Teaching language



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ARASSE, Daniel (trad. R. P. Cabral), Não se vê nada, Lisboa: KKYM, 2015.
Coutinho, Liliana, <On the utility of a universals fiction>, in Gimme Shelter: Global
Discourses In Aesthetics; Amsterdam University Press, 2013.
Ernest Breleur, Patrick Chamoiseau, Serge Domi, Gérard Delver, Édouard Glissant,
Guillaume Pigeard de Gurbert, Olivier Portecop, Olivier Pulvar et Jean-Claude William,
Manifeste pour les <produits> de haute nécessité, Paris: Éditions Galaade et Institut du
Tout-monde, 2009.
Jean Robertson; Craig McDaniel, Themes of Contemporary Art - Visual Art after 1980’s,
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2013.
Kilomba, Grada, Plantation Memories – episodes of everyday racism, Münster: UNRAT,
2010, pp. 15 – 23. (
Leïla Cukierman, Gerty Dambury, Françoise Vergès (ed), Françoise Vergès (Sous la
direction de), Décolonisons les arts ! , Paris : L’Arche, 2018.



Teaching method

Presentation of program topics by the teacher. It includes assistance with cycles of
conferences and seminars on topics related to the subject of the course and graduate
courses. The bibliography will be supplemented throughout the sessions and some
texts must be read in advance. Visits to exhibitions, performances and concrete
contact with curatorial proposals that can nurture the debate on the topics to be
debated in each class will be encouraged. Application of knowledge acquired through
debate with students in the classroom.

Evaluation method

Método de Avaliação - Preparation of a final report / project(60%), and qualitative assessment of class participation(40%)

Subject matter

1. Independence Versus Separation
2. Political and economic crossings of artistic practice
3. Ecologies of artistic making
4. Daily life: from the prosaic to the poetic
5. Human and cultural migrations
6. Porosity of gender categories - disciplinary and others
7. Decoloniality
8. Making the city: places and spaces of art
9. Curatorship and Education places
10. Performativity and curatorial practice


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