Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War

Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War
Author: Anselm Franke, Nida Ghouse, Paz Guevara, Antonia Majaca (Eds.)
Publisher: Sternberg Press; Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Language: English
Pages: 616
Size: 21 x 29 cm
Weight: 2.0000 kg
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9783956795084
Price: €34.00
Product Description

Contributions by Savita Apte, Doug Ashford, Michael Baers, Ivana Bago, Lene Berg, Annett Busch, Rhea Dall, Peter Delius, Kodwo Eshun, Jenifer Evans, Anselm Franke, Andrea Giunta, Nida Ghouse, Paz Guevara, Stacy Hardy, Barnor Hesse, Michael Hochgeschwender, Emmanuel Iduma, Iman Issa, Voluspa Jarpa, Gabi Ngcobo, Alexander Keefe, Hyunjin Kim, Christian Kravagna, Antonia Majaca, Porter McCray, Sylvester Ogbechie, Rasha Salti, Erhard Schüttpelz, Chinmay Sharma, Yashas Shetty, Quinn Slobodian, Karin Zitzewitz.

During the Cold War, modernist art became a flagship of freedom and democracy in the West, and took on the role of a symbolic overcoming of fascism. Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War examines the cultural diplomacy of this period, particularly the activities and magazines of the Congress for Cultural Freedom, an organization funded by the Central Intelligence Agency that was tasked with steering the left away from Soviet Communism and toward a new world order established under the aegis of the United States. This book analyzes how the organization’s activities in the non-European world were a major force behind the culturalization of economic liberalism on an international scale. With extensive archival documentation and recent responses by artists and writers, this book is a rich reference for readers interested in challenging the structural conditions of contemporary art and the prevailing canons of modernism.