Title: Unnation
Other Titles: Unnation
Authors: Grubanov, Ivan
Issue Date: 26-Sep-2016
Abstract: Unnation is a 17th century term that hasn't been in use for over a hundred years and its meaning was a shifting framework of references. However, this framework points to the social and political turmoil that is still present today, especially the recent 'migrant crises' in Europe. Ivan Grubanov, a painter and philosopher, with the aid of a political scientist, Peter Vermeersch, embarks on finding historical coordinates of the ancient term, as well as its contemporary meaning that incorporates two of his own troubling experiences: the civil war in his native former Yugoslavia and, more recently, a few years spent there with illegal migrants on their passage to Europe. Grubanov defines the migrants as being unnationed and establishes his definition through a network of vivid descriptions of their encounters, philosophical speculation in connection with existing knowledge, and his own paintings. He re-establishes the ancient term as an intelligible picture, searching for a way of painterly practice to be the method of critically examining and defining social phenomena. The quest finishes in a shape of a book that brings together the paintings produced along the research trajectory, juxtaposed with original definitions and semantic models of the considered social reality. It is an elaborate analysis of the 'politicalness' of painting and a document of an 'undisciplined' social scientific research.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: TH
Appears in Collections:Leuven International and European Studies (LINES)
Beeldende kunsten LUCA-Faculteit Kunsten
Associated Faculty of the Arts - miscellaneous

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