Glocalization: An Analytical Path Towards More Inclusive Contemporary Art?

  • Lina Abazine
Keywords: art worlds, glocalisation, art market, western art, ethnic art, Aria Vooria


A student essay for the Special Student Issue of the Journal of Extreme Anthropology accompanying the art exhibition 'Artist's Waste, Wasted Artists', which opened in Vienna on the 19th of September 2017 and was curated by the students of social anthropology at the University of Vienna. This essay deals critically with the notion of the 'global art world', showing that there may instead be numerous self-centred and ethnocentric art worlds, while also critically engaging with inequalities that persist within and across these art worlds and markets. In this respect it also deals with the work of the Iranian artist Aria Vooria, based in Vienna, and his struggle to escape streotypizations across different art worlds.