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On Bones and Brooms: Re-Materialising the Imaginary of the Future

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Abstract:

Sifting through images of bones and brooms linked to the landscape and conceptualisation of a desert museum in Rajasthan, this article reflects on what can be learned through material culture in strengthening the depleted imaginaries of contemporary art practice. Calling attention to the residues of knowledge available from marginalised communities in India - bone-collectors, broom-makers and 'de-notified' tribes - the author makes a case for renewing the ecological bases of art and culture through the creation of a new corporeality and translation of traditional modes of knowledge.

Keywords: Material culture; Rajasthan; aspiration; desert; development; ecology; imaginary; museum; struggle; traditional knowledge

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09528820903184971

Publication date: 2009-09-01

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