The construction and dissolution of “difference” is an undercurrent of modern and contemporary art-history narratives in Turkey. In this chapter I apply discourse analysis to reveal hidden meanings or subtle nuances in these writings, discussing how and why the identity of the “other” is sometimes downplayed or overemphasized in the narratives. My entry points for this analysis are texts dealing with the specific case of Armenian artist Sarkis Zabunyan, as well as a number of Kurdish artists and some women artists, who emerge in art historical narratives as “others” produced within and sometimes in opposition to the nation, creating tensions between the West and the East, men and women, straight and gay, the self and the other, centre and periphery.
|Title of host publication
|Subtitle of host publication
|National Art Histories in an Unfinished World
|Place of Publication
|McGill-Queen's University Press
|Published - 2017