Presence is a state, which is often taken for granted in museums. When visiting a museum, viewers are taught to appreciate what they encounter. Museums explain in great detail how viewers should read the artworks that they come across during museum visits, but never about what is missing. Margaret Tali addresses the intangible, and renders visible the multiple absences that art museums create and sustain. She theorises museal absence in detail and focuses on the relationships surrounding art, including: the ways in which communities are constructed by museums; the dominant presences and visibilities for which musealised art is employed; and the ways in which ownership and political legitimacies influence museums and the art world.
M. Tali Speaking Absence: Art Museums, Representation and Knowledge Creation.
Prof. C.P. Lindner
Dr J. Boomgaard
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