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Speaking for itself: Art, meaning and power in New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

Eves, Richard


Taking the example of the tubuan masked figure, an art form of New Ireland, I explore recent theoretical debates on the question of meaning in art. Challenging approaches that privilege the semiotic, I argue that this form of art is more appropriately seen as a revelation of power. The tubuan brings forth the concealed efficacy, capacities and intentionality of the producer, which elicit responses from, or act upon, the audience in various negative or positive ways. This art object is a form of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Anthropology, The
DOI: 10.1111/j.1757-6547.2009.00025.x


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