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Mis-appropriation and re-appropriation: An interview with Oreet Ashery

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The present interview is a discussion about Oreet Ashery’s diverse body of work with a focus on the most recent work Party for Freedom. It offers a clear trajectory of the artist’s early stages of work till the present and gives an account of certain creative strategies that Ashery has developed through her practice. What becomes obvious is an emphasis on the principles of appropriation and re-appropriation to counteract mis-appropriations that exist in dominant discourses. Appropriation and re-appropriation constitute not only creative strategies, but also survival techniques in a globalized world.
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Keywords: (mis)appropriation; Leverhulme Olympic Talks; Oreet Ashery; Party for Freedom; performance; politics

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Anglia Ruskin University

Publication date: July 1, 2014

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