Published by arts and culture publisher Black Dog Press, Punk Orientalism: The Art of Rebellion investigates the do-it-yourself attitude of the punk movement and how it is not limited to the Western world. Instead, author Sara Raza explores her association with territories that belonged to the former Soviet Union.
In doing so, Sara wants to challenge readers and encourage them to think differently about the art of resistance and rebellion. Promising a timely look at the concept of non-conformity, the book traces revolutionary artistic practices encountered in Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Middle East.
As you’d expect from a book devoted to punk methodology, the design and layout are suitably anarchic. Representing an experimental combination of fractured poetic forms, Punk Orientalism contains works by 31 contemporary art practitioners who have challenged state and academic policies. Among these pioneers are Lida Abdul, Ergin Çavusoglu, Taus Makhacheva, Erbossyn Meldibekov, Ala Younis and Inci Eviner.
In a statement, Black Dog Press explained, “Punk Orientalism explores spaces and places associated with the former Soviet Union, shines a light on some of the most underrated areas of the contemporary art world, while examining the complex relationship of the USSR with the Arab world, Iran and Turkey.”
In the 176 pages of the book, Sara reflects on the complex legacy of Soviet Orientalism and examines the ‘punk’ rejection of ideas and values imposed by state authority. Artwork and images are organized by theme, with the common thread of how history is a conduit to revolutionary thought.
Black Dog Press adds, “This thought-provoking book shines a light on liberation from the entrapment of imperialism and shines a light on one of the most understudied regions of the contemporary art world.”
Catherine Wood, Program Director at Tate Modern, adds: “Raza charts a unique, artist-led global punk narrative for the 21st century, taking the British punk aesthetic as a ‘method’ to chart a fascinating post-Soviet history. and post-colonial. the history of art. It is a fresh and timely book, impressive in its scope and bold in its vision.”
Released on October 25, Punk Orientalism is available to pre-order from Black Dog Press for £24.95.