‘Brand the Beloved Country’

In this lecture, Karen Fiss will share her current book project on ‘nation branding’, engaging postcolonial ideas and critiques of how a ‘nation’ is formed alongside an investment in integrating differing communities of people with vast networks of information technology and international trade. ‘My book examines the impact of government branding/propaganda campaigns on conceptions of citizenship and the construction of historical narratives, particularly in the wake of political conflict and trauma. I place these “top-down” efforts in tension with the work of artists’ collectives and alternative spaces that offer competing...

Karen Fiss

Karen Fiss is a writer, curator, and professor of visual studies at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her current research examines the impact of nation branding on the visual production of citizenship and collective memory in the wake of political trauma and national “unification.” Her book links these branding efforts to the exponential rise of international art exhibitions and biennials, and specifically to the ways in which cultural production in postcolonial and emerging economies are framed ideologically and aesthetically within the globalized art world and marketplace....