Sculpture

In 1994, I travelled to Tanimbar to study the work of sculptors in the islands. On my return from Tanimbar, I wrote a lengthy academic report on art and Tanimbarese conceptions of time, history and change.

This report went to my sponsors and funders, but ever since has languished in a bottom drawer, so I thought it worth reproducing here just in case anybody is interested.

This online version of the report is a minimally edited version of the original report. There may be typos and other issues that I haven’t picked up on. If so, do get in touch. One day, I’ll sort out a PDF version of the report, nicely formatted. But, in the mean-time, here’s the contents page. Click on the links to take you to the individual chapters.

Contents:

1. Introduction
2. Implementation
3. The History of Tanimbarese Art
4. Images and Power
5. The Sculptor in Society
6. Past, Present, Future: Time, Art and History in Tanimbar
7. Tradition and Modernity: the Unsatisfactory Present
8. The Construction of Time I: The Jaman Purba
9. The Construction of Time II: The Jaman Pertengahan
10. The Construction of Time III: The Jaman Moderen
11. Conclusion
12. Appendix: Selling History