Cultural detachment expressed through contemporary art

Kayla Rae Javier SANTOS

Research output: ThesisCapstone Projects (CP)


This capstone project is an exploration of cultural detachment and homogeneity through the medium of contemporary art. In modern times, the phenomenon of globalisation has affected all aspects of our lives. Specifically, in the art market, the rise of global trade and cultural exports from different parts of the world has changed our perception and expression of cultural identity. The thin line between Exoticism and homogenisation has taken root in our tastes and ways of living, while art is no exception, my own relationship with culture is, too, affected. Looking at the ways in which contemporary artists and media imply detachment from their ethnic heritage or background, this project will look at how those techniques can assist me in expressing themes of cultural detachment, and how culture is gentrified for commercial gain. The outcome of the conceived artworks is a public, curated exhibition, where I aim to form discussion and share knowledge surrounding cultural identity in a globalised society, and how heritage plays a role in today's art market.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationBachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Education (Honours)
  • WOOD, Laurence James, Supervisor
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Capstone Project (CP)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Arts and Culture and Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Visual Arts) (Five-year Full-time)
  • Programme code: A5B081
  • Course code: ART4216


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