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Coming together differently: art, anthropology and the curatorial space.

Winter, Judith



Roger Sansi


The term 'curator' obviously encompasses a broad spectrum of practices. Like all disciplines the activity of curating is continually being redefined. This is a process that is pushed, challenged and accelerated in correspondence with artists and various sites both within and beyond the gallery. It seems almost too obvious to state that art and anthropology continue to share a discursive space and a common concern with human existence, creativity and social organization. This chapter explores how the figure of the contemporary art curator, in opposition to the classical keeper of collections, carries out a critical practice that corresponds with lived experience. Here the common discursive space is digressive and speculative rather than ethnographic.


WINTER, J. 2020. Coming together differently: art, anthropology and the curatorial space. In Sansi, R. (ed.) The anthropologist as curator. Abingdon: Routledge [online], chapter 7, pages 115-132. Available from:

Acceptance Date Aug 20, 2019
Online Publication Date Dec 26, 2019
Publication Date Dec 31, 2020
Deposit Date Jul 20, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jul 20, 2023
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Pages 115-132
Book Title The anthropologist as curator
Chapter Number 7
ISBN 9781350081901
Keywords Anthropology; Curatorship; Curation of artworks
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