Bibliotheek etalage: de keuze van Meenakshi Thirukode

November - December 2021

Our Reading Residency guest Meenakshi Thirukode made a personal selection of the books in the Stroom library for a special window display. She added a number of books by Panther's Paw Publication which she brought along from India.

Panther's Paw Publication
The first five book books in this list have been published by Panther's Paw Publication. The publisher promotes Ambedkarite literature and an anti-caste sensibility.

Flowers on the Grave of Caste : short stories by Yogesh Maitreya / Yogesh Maitreya. - Nagpur : Panther's Paw, 2020. - 66 p. ; 21,5 cm
ISBN: 9788193290576
The first English Dalit short story collection in India, depicting the lives of Dalit youth from university space, people who are otherwise never seen by elite, Brahminical society.

Singing / Thinking Anti-Caste : Essays on Anti Caste Music and Text / by Yogesh Maitreya. - Nagpur : Panther's Paw, 2021. - 108 p. ; 19,5 cm
Includes notes
ISBN: 978-81-951365-0-6
Non-Dalits may find it unbelievable, but death for Dalits is metaphorical. An "untouchable" never existed as a person worthy of respect from society or recognized as a mind. He was simply invisible, except when his labour was extracted, exploited and used for free. Thus it was not very difficult for Dalits from a few generations ago to understand how it feels to remain invisible. This reality has not ceased to exist even today, although its forms vary. Not existing for others, not being recognized by others, is a condition of simply not being extant. It is in this sense that death is metaphorical for Dalits. Yet, this is not a normal reality. It is an abnormal condition, an ecology, Maitreya argues that has been constructed by brahmins and other castes who follow them.

Days Will Come Back / by Kamal dev Pall ; translated from Punjabi by Rajinder Azad. - Nagpur : Panther's Paw, 2018. - 54 p. : 21,5 cm
ISBN: 978-81-932905-5-2
‘Days Will Come Back' is the first Punjabi Dalit collection by Indian poet Kamal dev Pall that is translated into English. From Punjab to America being the subject of its poetry, and how a Dalit person in the white land, America, makes a life of dignity for him, are the recurring themes in the book.

Savitribai Phule and I / by Sangeeta Mulay. - Nagpur : Panther's Paw, 2020. - 114 p. ; 18 cm
ISBN: 978-81932905-8-3
‘Savitribai Phule and I' is a semi-historical fictional book aimed at young adults. Shabri is a shy Indian Dalit girl from a deprived village who discovers a diary written by Savitribai Phule (India's first-generation feminist, a Dalit and first Indian credited with starting a school for young girls in India). The book details the evolution of the protagonist from a shy introvert who has faced discrimination and prejudice throughout her life to a confident feminist and activist

Of Oppressor's Body and Mind : Essays on Language, Literature and Cinema / by Yogesh Maitreya. - Nagpur : Panther's Paw, 2020. - 98 p. ; 20,5 cm
ISBN: 978-81-932905-9-0
We have grown up reading about "oppression". We did not often read about "oppressor". We have read about victims, speaking about their victimisation. We did not often read about victims speaking about the oppressor, the source of their oppression. This way, we have grown up knowing only one side of the coin. The biggest obstacle in the way of change we seek, lies here. We know about the symptom, we do not know about the cause.
 "Of Oppressor's Body and Mind" by Yogesh Maitreya, is an attempt to explore the workings of the body and mind of oppressors in India. It is an attempt to understand this through the literature, cinema and literary discourse they produce.

Books selected by Meenakshi from the Stroom library collection

The Routledge Companion to Art in the Public Realm / edited by Cameron Cartiere and Leon Tan ; texts by Meenakshi Thirukode, Raqs Media Collective, Iain Biggs  [ al.]. - New York ; Abbingdon : Routledge, 2021. - 372 p. : ills. ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 978-1-138-32530-2
This multidisciplinary companion offers a comprehensive overview of the global arena of public art. It is organised around four distinct topics: activation, social justice, memory and identity, and ecology, with a final chapter mapping significant works of public and social practice art around the world between 2008 and 2018. The thematic approach brings into view similarities and differences in the recent globalisation of public art practices, while the multidisciplinary emphasis allows for a consideration of the complex outcomes and consequences of such practices, as they engage different disciplines and communities and affect a diversity of audiences beyond the existing 'art world'. The book will highlight an international selection of artist projects that illustrate the themes.

How We Feel : What science can - and can't - tell us about our emotions / by Giovanni Frazzetto. - London : Black Swan, 2014. - 416 p. : ills. ; 20 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN: 978-0857521248
How can a bizarre neurological syndrome or a Shakespearean sonnet explain love and intimacy? We live at a time when neuroscience is unlocking the secrets of our emotions. But can the neural script of the brain indeed tell us how we feel? Giovanni Frazzetto takes us on a journey through our everyday lives and most common emotions. He mixes his scientific knowledge with art, literature, philosophy and personal experience to offer a set of stories that contend rationality and sentiment, science and poetry.

Living a Feminist Life / Author Sara Ahmed. - Durham, North Carolina : Duke University Press, 2017. - 300 p. : ills. ; 22,5 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN: 978-0-8223-6319-4
In ‘Living a Feminist Life' Sara Ahmed shows how feminist theory is generated from everyday life and the ordinary experiences of being a feminist at home and at work. Building on legacies of feminist of color scholarship in particular, Ahmed offers a poetic and personal meditation on how feminists become estranged from worlds they critique—often by naming and calling attention to problems—and how feminists learn about worlds from their efforts to transform them. Ahmed also provides her most sustained commentary on the figure of the feminist killjoy introduced in her earlier work while showing how feminists create inventive solutions—such as forming support systems—to survive the shattering experiences of facing the walls of racism and sexism.

Unruly Visions : The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora / author Gayatri Gopinath. - Durham, N.C. ; London : Duke University Press, 2018. - 236 p. : ills. ; 23 cm. - (Perverse Modernities)
Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN: 978-1-4780-0035-8
In ‘Unruly Visions' Gayatri Gopinath brings queer studies to bear on investigations of diaspora and visuality, tracing the interrelation of affect, archive, region, and aesthetics through an examination of a wide range of contemporary queer visual culture. Spanning film, fine art, poetry, and photography, these cultural forms—which Gopinath conceptualizes as aesthetic practices of queer diaspora—reveal the intimacies of seemingly disparate histories of (post)colonial dwelling and displacement and are a product of diasporic trajectories. Gopinath  stages unexpected encounters between works by South Asian, Middle Eastern, African, Australian, and Latinx artists. She shows how their art functions as regional queer archives that express alternative understandings of time, space, and relationality. The queer optics produced by these visual practices creates South-to-South, region-to-region, and diaspora-to-region cartographies that profoundly challenge disciplinary and area studies rubrics. Gopinath thereby provides new critical perspectives on settler colonialism, empire, military occupation, racialization, and diasporic dislocation as they indelibly mark both bodies and landscapes.

Female Masculinity / Jack Halberstam . - Durham ; London : Duke University Press, 2018. - Fisrt published in 1998 - 20th Anniversary Edition with a new preface. - 329 p. : ills. ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 978-1-4780-0162-1
In this quintessential work of queer theory, Jack Halberstam takes aim at the protected status of male masculinity and shows that female masculinity has offered a distinct alternative to it for well over two centuries. Demonstrating how female masculinity is not some bad imitation of virility, but a lively and dramatic staging of hybrid and minority genders, Halberstam catalogs the diversity of gender expressions among masculine women from nineteenth-century pre-lesbian practices to contemporary drag king performances. Through detailed textual readings as well as empirical research, Halberstam uncovers a hidden history of female masculinities while arguing for a more nuanced understanding of gender categories that would incorporate rather than pathologize them.

The Queer Art of Failure / author Judith Halberstam. - Durham, NC ; London : Duke University Press, 2011. - 212 p. : ills. ; 23,5 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 978-0-8223-5045-3
In The Queer Art of Failure Judith Halberstam proposes "low theory" as a mode of thinking and writing that operates at many different levels at once. Low theory is derived from eccentric archives. It runs the risk of not being taken seriously. It entails a willingness to fail and to lose one's way, to pursue difficult questions about complicity, and to find counterintuitive forms of resistance.Tacking back and forth between high theory and low theory, high culture and low culture, Halberstam looks for the unexpected and subversive in popular culture, avant-garde performance, and queer art. She pays particular attention to animated children's films, revealing narratives filled with unexpected encounters between the childish, the transformative, and the queer. Failure sometimes offers more creative, cooperative, and surprising ways of being in the world, even as it forces us to face the dark side of life, love, and libido.

The Will to Change : Men, Masculinity, and Love / author bell hooks. - New York, London, Sydney, Toronto : Washington Square Press, 2005. - 188 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780743456081Everyone needs to love and be loved -- even men. But to know love, men must be able to look at the ways that patriarchal culture keeps them from knowing themselves, from being in touch with their feelings, from loving. In The Will to Change, bell hooks gets to the heart of the matter and shows men how to express the emotions that are a fundamental part of who they are -- whatever their age, marital status, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. hooks addresses the most common concerns of men, such as fear of intimacy and loss of their patriarchal place in society, in new and challenging ways.

Cruising Utopia : The Then and There of Queer Futurity : 10th Anniversary Edition / author José Esteban Munoz ; foreword by Joshua Chambers-Letson, Tavia Nyong'o, Ann Pellegrini. - New York : New York University Press, 2019. - 254 p. : ills. 23 cm. - (Sexual Cultures series)
Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN: 9781479874569
Cruising Utopia arrived in 2009 to insist that queerness must be reimagined as a futurity-bound phenomenon, an insistence on the potentiality of another world that would crack open the pragmatic present. Part manifesto, part love-letter to the past and the future, José Esteban Muñoz argued that the here and now were not enough and issued an urgent call for the revivification of the queer political imagination. On the anniversary of its original publication, this edition includes two essays that extend and expand the project of Cruising Utopia, as well as a new foreword by the current editors of Sexual Cultures, the book series he co-founded with Ann Pellegrini 20 years ago. This 10th anniversary edition celebrates the lasting impact that Cruising Utopia has had on the decade of queer of color critique that followed and introduces a new generation of readers to a future not yet here.  

Shame! and Masculinity / ed. by Ernst van Alphen ; with contributions by Natasja Kensmil, Marlene Dumas, Arnoud Holleman, Tijs Goldschmidt...[et al.]. - Amsterdam : Valiz icw H401, 2020. - 240 p : col. and  bl/w ills. ; 23 cm. - (Plural Series 2)
Includes biographies, index, notes
ISBN: 9789492095923
Since the #MeToo movement, the masculine exercise of power has been closely scrutinised. The focus on "toxic" masculinity impacts our perception of male sexuality, which substantially influences the self-image and self-esteem of men. Men are being shamed by others, and they also feel ashamed. This book explores both positions, examining the representation of male sexuality, nudity, fatherhood, violence, rape, fascism and virility, and men and war from male as well as female perspectives. It presents artworks that deal with the intricacies and contradictions of these sociocultural constructs and realities, and combines scholarly essays with short stories and personal testimonies.

Feminism is Queer : The intimate connection between queer and feminist theory / author Mimi Marinucci. - London : Zed Books, 2016, originally published in 2010. - 200 p. ; 21,5 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN: 9781783606757
In ‘Feminism is Queer', Mimi Marinucci provides an introduction to the intimately related disciplines of gender and queer theory, and develops the concept of queer feminism, which treats queer theory as being continuous with feminist theory. While there were significant conceptual tensions between second-wave feminism and traditional lesbian and gay studies, queer feminism offers a paradigm for understanding gender, sex and sexuality that overcomes this conflict in order to foster solidarity between those campaigning for women's rights and those for LGBTQ rights.

Dick Raaijmakers Monografie / redactie Arjen Mulder, Joke Brouwer ; essays Elmer Schönberger, Frans Evers, Kees Tazelaar [ al.]. - Rotterdam : V2_Publishing, 2007. - 528 p. : ills. ; 28 cm
Bevat biografie en bibliografie.
ISBN: 978-90-5662-599-3
Dick Raaijmakers (1930-2013) wordt alom erkend als één van de grondleggers van de Nederlandse elektronische muziek in de jaren vijftig en is als 'multimediakunstenaar' zijn tijd ver vooruit geweest. De werken en installaties, muziek en theater performances van Dick Raaijmakers zijn van een dusdanige originaliteit dat ze wereldwijd hun gelijke niet kennen. Zijn invloed op collega's uit zijn eigen generatie, maar vooral ook op jongere generaties kunstenaars is enorm te noemen.
Dit boek geeft inzicht in de werkmethoden, denkwijze en motivatie van Raaijmakers. Hiermee wordt niet alleen het werk van Dick Raaijmakers inzichtelijk maar ook een belangrijk deel van de Nederlandse naoorlogse kunst.
Dick Raaijmakers (1930-2013) is widely recognised as one of the founding fathers of Dutch electronic music in the 1950s and as a 'multimedia artist' he was far ahead of his time. Dick Raaijmakers' works and installations, music and theatre performances are of such originality that they are unequalled anywhere in the world. His influence on colleagues from his own generation and especially on younger generations of artists is enormous.
This book provides insight into Raaijmakers' working methods, way of thinking and motivation. Not only does it provide insight into Dick Raaijmakers' work, but also into an important part of Dutch post-war art.

Glossary of Undisciplined design / editors Anja Kaiser, Rebecca Stephany. - Leipzig : Spector Books, 2021. - 312 p. : ills. ; 17,5 cm
ISBN: 9783959054461
'Glossary of Undisciplined Design' is a joint initiative instigated by designer/educators Anja Kaiser and Rebecca Stephany. It looks into undisciplinarity as a feminist unpacking of the field of graphic design, of dogmatic rules, discriminatory structures and a particularly one-sided canon. Carried by a decidedly fragmentary and collective backbone, the GUD handbook combines a multitude of theories and narratives of varying densities - from visual essay, hands-on experiment, interview or advertorial, to poem, speculative tale and academic writing. With around 55 contributions by 20 international designers, activists, educators and theorists, the ‘Glossary of Undisciplined Design' explores role models, tools and dissent.

De Matlas van Den Haag = The Mutllet Atlas The Hague / door Daniel Heikens, Rein Langeveld  en Joost Nijhuis ; introductie door Saul van Stapele. - Den Haag : Lecturis, 2021. - 256 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
ISBN: 9789462264120
In de periode 2011-2019 portretteerden de fotografen Daniel Heikens en Rein Langeveld in hun woonplaats Den Haag een groot aantal mannen met een ‘mat' als haardracht. Uit hun enthousiasme, gekoppeld aan de fascinatie van ontwerper Joost Nijhuis voor culturele fenomenen en stromingen, werd het idee voor een fotoboek geboren, vormgegeven als een ware atlas, inclusief geografische kaarten, pictogrammen en statistieken aan de hand van vraaggesprekken met de mannen. Tijdens het onderzoek naar het fenomeen ‘de mat' (Engels: mullet, Vlaams: nektapijt of nekspoiler) viel het de heren op dat de mat overal ter wereld wordt gedragen en veelal met een reden. Bij de Masai bijvoorbeeld, dragen mannen een mat om te laten zien dat zij nog op zoek zijn naar een partner. In de westerse cultuur heeft de haardracht veelal een anarchistische uitstraling.
In the period 2011-2019, the photographers Daniel Heikens and Rein Langeveld portrayed a large number of men with a 'mat' as hairstyle in their hometown of The Hague. Their enthusiasm, coupled with designer Joost Nijhuis' fascination for cultural phenomena and movements, gave rise to the idea for a photo book, designed as a true atlas, including geographical maps, pictograms and statistics based on interviews with the men. During the research into the phenomenon 'the mat' (English: mullet, Flemish: neck carpet or neck spoiler) the gentlemen noticed that the mat is worn all over the world and often for a reason. For example, among the Masai, men wear a mat to show that they are still looking for a partner. In Western culture, the hairstyle often has an anarchic appearance.
Capitalist Realism : Is There No Alternative? / by Mark Fisher. - Winchester, UK : Washington, USA : Zero Books, 2009. - 82 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 978-1-84694-317-1
An analysis of the ways in which capitalism has presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system. It is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism. After 1989, capitalism has successfully presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system - a situation that the bank crisis of 2008, far from ending, actually compounded. The book analyses the development and principal features of this capitalist realism as a lived ideological framework.
No Logo : No Space No Choice No Jobs / Naomi Klein. - London : Flamongo, 2001. - 490 p. : ills. ; 20 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN: 0-00-653040-0
If the world really is just one big global village, then the logo is its common language understood by - if not accessible to - everyone. In No Logo, Klein undertakes a journey to the centre of a post-national planet. Starting with the brand's birth, as a means of bringing soul to mass marketing, she follows in the logo's wake and notes its increasing capacity for making the product subservient - a strategy reaching its apotheosis in brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, who actually produces nothing but lends his signature to a wardrobe of clothing statements made elsewhere. Beyond this she reaches her core argument - the now uneasy struggle between corporate power and anti-corporate activism - via sweatshop labour, submerged identity and subversive action
But is it Art? : The Spirit of Art as Activism / ed. by Nina Felshin. - Seattle : Bay Press,1995. - 409 p. : ills. ; 23 cm
Includes notes and bibliographies
ISBN: 0-941920-29-1
The dozen essays here focus on a variety of artistic and cultural practices that help to define the "art" of public art and the "activism" of the activist artist. Informative and helpful new material on the Women's Action Coalition, the Guerrilla Girls and The Art and Homeless Collaborative stand next to more art historical essays. Public art / activist art today exists at a critical junction in the social history of this country, questioning the nature of art, the political process, public perception and insidious forms of control and domination - including the often didactic and well-intentioned artist who condescendingly helps certain social groups for personal advantage. With Gran Fury, Group Material, Guerrilla Girls and many others.
We Wanted a Revolution : Black Radical Women 1965-85 : A Sourcebook / authors Connie H. Choi, Carmen Hermo, Rujeko Hochley, Catherine Morris, Stephanie Weissberg. - New York : Brooklyn Museum, 2017. - 320 p. : ills. ; 26,5 cm
Includes bibliographical references
ISBN: 978-0872731837
An exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85 examines the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic priorities of women of color during the emergence of second-wave feminism. It showcases the work of black women artists such as Emma Amos, Maren Hassinger, Senga Nengudi, Lorraine O'Grady, Howardena Pindell, Faith Ringgold, and Betye Saar, making it one of the first major exhibitions to highlight the voices and experiences of women of color. In so doing, it reorients conversations around race, feminism, political action, art production, and art history in this significant historical period.
The accompanying Sourcebook republishes an array of rare and little-known documents from the period by artists, writers, cultural critics, and art historians such as Gloria Anzaldúa, James Baldwin, bell hooks, Lucy R. Lippard, Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, Lowery Stokes Sims, Alice Walker, and Michelle Wallace.
Riot Grrrl : Revolution Girl Style Now! / ed. by Nadine Käthe Monem. - London : Black Dog Publishing, 2007. - 190 p. : ills. ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references
ISBN: 978-1-906-155-018
Beginning in the 1990's Riot Grrrl spread like wildfire through the American underground and across Europe, inspiring women to make a cultural space for themselves where there wasn't one before.
Suffragettes to She-Devils : Women's Liberation and Beyond / Liz McQuiston ; foreword by Germaine Greer. - London : Phaidon, 1997. - 240 p. : ills. ; 30 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN: 0-7148-3619-2
This book is a compilation of sparkling, hard-hitting graphics on the international women's movement drawn from the fine arts, fashion, and advertising to comics, broadsheets, and cyberart. Voting rights, abuse, girl power, abortion, and parity are a few of the subjects touched on in this wide-ranging book on design and propaganda.
Futurability : The Age of Impotence and the Horizon of Possiblity / author Franco 'Bifo' Berardi. - London ; New York : Verso, 2017. - 248 p. ; 20 cm
Includes notes
ISBN: 978-1-78478-744-8
Is there a way to disentangle ourselves from a global order that shapes our politics as well as our imagination? The Italian theorist Franco "Bifo" Berardi tackles this question through a solid yet visionary analysis of the three fundamental concepts of possibility, potency, and power. Overcoming any temptation of giving in to despair or nostalgia, Berardi proposes the notion of futurability as a way to remind us that even within the darkness of our current crisis, still lies dormant the horizon of possibility.
Transmission / produced by the current Transmission committee. - London : Black Dog Publishing, 2001. - 134 p. : ills. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 1-901033-13-9
Transmission is an artist run gallery; it started in Glasgow in 1983 and since then has become a model for collective action, bringing a marginal artistic community to the attention of an international audience. With Lucy McKenzie, Toby Paterson and many others.
The Constituent Museum : Constellations of Knowledge, Politics and Mediation: A Generator of Social Change / ed. by  John Byrne, Elinor Morgan, November Paynter ...[et al.] ; contr. by  Azra Akšamija, Alberto Altés Arlandis, Burak Arikan ...[et al.]. - Amsterdam ; [s.l.] : Valiz ; L'internationale, 2018. - 384 p. : ill. ; 24.5 cm
Includes notes, indexes of names, works of art, exhibitions, projects, organizations
ISBN: 978-94-92095-42-8
What would happen if museums put relationships at the centre of their operations? This question inspires this publication, which offers a diverse, rigorous, and experimental analysis of what is commonly known as education, mediation or interpretation within museum institutions. It regards the visitor not as a passive receiver of predefined content, but as an active member of a constituent body, whom it facilitates, provokes, inspires and learns from. Moving beyond the practice of mediation as such, the publication situates constituent practices of collaboration and co-production within the existing social-political (neoliberal) context. pretation within museum institutions. It regards the visitor not as a passive receiver of predefined content, but as an active member of a constituent body, whom it facilitates, provokes, inspires and learns from. Moving beyond the practice of mediation as such, the publication situates constituent practices of collaboration and co-production within the existing social-political (neoliberal) context. It does this to reimagine and affect both the physical and organizational structures of museums and galleries.