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History Rising

Edited by Marjolijn Dijkman and Jes Fernie, published by Onomatopee

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History Rising is a subversive and engaging study of museum display by artist Marjolijn Dijkman and curator Jes Fernie. By distancing museum objects from their support structures the project seeks to critique the assumptions that are made about how things are positioned, who chooses to display them, and how the social, political and aesthetic choices that are made in the process dictate the language of display.

This book is made up of visual and written essays, an interview between the artist and curator, an inventory of works, and documentation of Dijkman’s installations in museums and galleries in the UK. These installations propose strange and fantastical juxtapositions, alleviate objects from the weight of history and create links with modernism, the heritage industry and the aesthetics of sci-fi.

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Visual essay by Marjolijn Dijkman

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Conversation between Marjolijn Dijkman and Jes Fernie about the project History Rising

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Index of works


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Editors: Jes Fernie and Marjolijn Dijkman
Proofread by: Eileen Daly
Design by: Salome Schmuki
Typeset by: Salome Schmuki
Printed at: Sint Joris, Graphius Group, Ghent
Published in 2015 by: Onomatopee, Eindhoven
ISBN 9789491677304
Specifics: Hardcover, 96 pages, 285 x 250mm

Year of Publication: 2015

About the authors
Jonathan Watkins is Director of IKON Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Krzysztof Fijalkowski is Senior Lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts, UK
Jes Fernie is an independent curator based in the UK


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