Uprooted in Art: How is Home Shaped when Home is a Paradigm of Political Failure

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Alan Garfield


Homes established with the intention of being demolished fill refugee camps. These homes are meant to have no history and, like their residents, no future. They are meant to be forgotten. This paper will examine images by the displaced in France, Greece, Jordan, Mexico, and Syria.

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Alan Garfield, University of Dubuque

Alan Garfield is Chair of the Digital Art and Design Department at the University of Dubuque, in Dubuque, Iowa USA. His formal education is eclectic: BA, University of Iowa; MA, State University of New York-Binghamton; Postgraduate work, Wadham College, Oxford. His interests, as measured by recent publications, included 2D and 3D animation algorithms, images in contemporary politics, 19th century French philosophies, Holocaust studies, and Beat Generation poetry. He teaches in Iowa; he lives in Ireland in the summer.