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Common Skin

Myriam Mihindou


  • Proposes strategies for an ‘inclusive’ understanding of contemporary art
  • Combines a variety of different philosophical, anthropological and literary approaches

Authors: Daphne Pappers, Liesbeth Levy, Myriam Mihindou
Editor: Daphne Pappers
Design: Meeus Ontwerpt
Series: Context Without Walls

2014, Valiz | supported by Mondriaan Fund, SNS REAAL Fonds, K.F. Heinfonds | paperback | 128 pp | 24 x 17 cm (h x w) | Dutch | English | ISBN 978-90-78088-67-7

Table of contents (pdf)
Introduction (pdf)
About the authors (pdf)

Common Skin is the artistic motif of Myriam Mihindou, the artist on whose work this book is centred. It is also what links the wider issues addressed in this publication. Seeing others as different, clinging to difference, blocks thinking about the value and richness of cultural diversity. The question is: what are the alternatives to alterity, what approaches and (artistic) strategies can open up the perspective towards an 'inclusive' understanding of art?
Art critic Daphne Pappers focuses on Mihindou's work like an archaeologist and lays bare different themes, step by step. She throws light on the question of an alternative view of art by combining a variety of philosophical, anthropological and literary approaches in an analysis of Mihindou's work. An image essay by Mihindou visualizes key themes in her work. Philosopher Liesbeth Levy demonstrates the strength of the philosophy of dialogue of Emmanuel Levinas, which lies in a committed appeal to the encounter with the other.