Cultural Sovereignty in a Global Art Economy: Egyptian Cultural Policy and the New Western Interest in Art from the Middle East
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 173–204, May 2006
How to Cite
Winegar, J. (2006), Cultural Sovereignty in a Global Art Economy: Egyptian Cultural Policy and the New Western Interest in Art from the Middle East. Cultural Anthropology, 21: 173–204. doi: 10.1525/can.2006.21.2.173
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
The post-1989 transformation of the Egyptian art world reveals the particular tenacity of colonial logics and national attachments in culture industries built through anticolonial nationalism and socialism. Tensions emerged between and among Western and Egyptian curators, critics, and artists with the development of a foreign-dominated private-sector art market and as Egyptian art begins to circulate internationally. This international circulation of art objects has produced rearranged strategies of governance in the cultural realm, collusions and conflicts between the public and private sector, and, most importantly, a new articulation of cultural sovereignty.