The third edition of the biannual contemporary 'book of accounts', d ɪˈv a n | A Journal of Accounts is available now. 

Launched in 2017 d ɪˈv a n offers critical interpretations on contemporary visual art and culture and its broader art historical, theoretical and socio-political contexts, from the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia to the Asia-Pacific. Co- published by Alan Cruickshank and UNSW Art & Design, this global initiative aims to be a crucial bridge across regions and to offer much needed perspective for the wider art world.

The voices in d ɪˈv a n, both new and established, are 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.

Contributors to the second edition include; UNSW Art & Design’s new Judith Neilson Chair of Contemporary Art, Professor Paul Gladston (UK/Australia), Souchou Yao (Malaysia/Australia), Reuben Keehan (Australia), Mary Pelletier (UK/Turkey), Patrick Flores (Philippines), Emily Wakeling (Australia), Stephanie Bailey (United Kingdom), Nat Muller (Netherlands), Rana Anani (Palestine) and Colin Siyuan Chinnery (China).

The journal is supported by an international editorial advisory group comprising more than 20 eminent biennale curators and artistic directors, gallery directors, curators, art historians and art critics, academics and artists from across the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Australia.

di'van: 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 second edition of di’van was distributed at key global art events including the Istanbul Biennal.

The third edition will be distributed through the Art Dubai and Art Basel Hong Kong 2018 in March and will be further made available via the 2018 Biennale of Sydney Vernissage to VIP Visitors and Patrons.


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If you haven't read the first two editions check them out now.


View Issue 1 here
View Issue 2 here


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