As a biannual contemporary 'book of accounts', d ɪˈv a n | A Journal of Accounts offers critical interpretations on contemporary visual art and culture and its broader art historical, theoretical and socio-political contexts, from the MENASA (Middle East, North Africa, South Asia) to the Asia-Pacific, as a crucial bridge to our region and a much needed perspective for the wider art world.
divan: from the Persian dīwān, an account book; origin dēvan, booklet; also related to debir, writer; evolved through ‘a book of poems’, ‘collection of literary passages’, ‘an archive’, ‘book of accounts’ and ‘collection of sheets’ to ‘an assembly’, ‘office of accounts’, ‘custom house’, ‘government bureau’ or ‘councils chamber’, to a long, cushioned seat, which in this sense entered European languages. divan presents a shift of content and meaning over time coexistent with evolving historical relationships between the East and West.
The voices in d ɪˈv a n, both new and established, will be original and challenging in their evaluation and examination of contemporary visual art and its multiple contexts, presenting an essential scholarly platform in print, that will create a significant archive of critical knowledge to benefit artists, researchers, art historians and the partisan reader.
Cover: Kaveh Golestan, from the Untitled (Az Div o Dad Polaroid series 1975-77)
Photo courtesy the Kaveh Golestan Estate
Editor Alan Cruickshank
Publisher DIVAN JOURNAL | UNSW Art & Design
Design Alan Cruickshank
with UNSW Art & Design, the authors and artists.
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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
PAUL GLADSTON United Kingdom, Professor, Contemporary Visual
Cultures and Critical Theory; Director Centre for Contemporary
East-Asian Cultural Studies, University of Nottingham
VALI MAHLOUJI United Kingdom Curator, writer, critic, author,
GUY MANNES-ABBOTT United Kingdom, Writer, essayist and
NAT MULLER The Netherlands, Independent curator and critic,
THOMAS BERGHUIS The Netherlands/Australia, Fellow, Leiden
Asia Centre, Leiden University Principal Fellow (Honorary),
School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne
RAY LANGENBACH Finland, Research Fellow, Finnish Academy
of Fine Art, Helsinki
MURTAZA VALI USA/UAE, Writer, art historian, and curator,
FULYA ERDEMCI Turkey/The Netherlands, Curator and writer,
VASIF KORTUN Turkey, Director of Research and Programs at
ALA YOUNIS Jordan, Curator and artist, Amman
NANCY ADAJANIA India, Cultural theorist, editor, writer and
SUSIE LINGHAM Singapore, Creative Director 2016 Singapore
JOHN BATTEN Hong Kong, Writer and art, culture, and urban
PATRICK FLORES The Philippines, Professor of Art Studies,
University of the Philippines, Manila
PHIL TINARI China, Director, Ullens Centre for Contemporary
ROBIN PECKHAM China, Editor-in-Chief, LEAP magazine, Beijing
SIMON REES New Zealand, Director, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery,
ALEXIE GLASS-KANTOR Australia, Executive Director, Artspace,
BLAIR FRENCH Australia, Director, Curatorial & Digital, Museum
of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney
ADAM GECZY Australia, Senior Lecturer, Sculpture and Art
Theory, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney; art
critic, author, artist
IAN McLEAN Australia, Research Professor of Contemporary Art,
University of Wollongong
NIKOS PAPASTERGIADIS Australia, Professor, School of Culture
and Communication, University of Melbourne
REX BUTLER Australia, Professor, Department Theory of Art and
Design, Monash University
REUBEN KEEHAN Australia, Curator, Contemporary Asian Art,
Queensland Art Gallery | Modern Art, Brisbane