Why ‘autobiographical art’ is making a comeback

Though autobiographical art dropped out of favour for some time, there’s been a welcome resurgence of art that explores lived experiences and family histories.
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For a period of time in art history, the biographical approach was contested as being too personal, unreliable and biased. To a certain extent this also led to autobiographical art being seen as egocentric and trivial against greater cultural and political subjects.

But in the last decade or so, where the individual (personal) has become the political, where identity politics and systematic discriminations have come to the fore, the autobiographical approach presents an authentic voice to these struggles.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram: @lleizy_