Lucio Fontana, Spatial Concept-Wait, 1964


Postmodernity is a term emerged in the 1950s, in the post-war period. In the art world, the term gained validity in the 1960s and it is widely used in the 1970s to express the exhaustion in literature and architecture. The concept is characterized by open-endedness, so defining the term can only be possible by depicting main elements of it.

 Postmodernity refuses authoritarianism. In contrast to modernism, there are no boundaries between high art and popular culture. Art and everyday life is interwoven. Eclecticism is one of the fundamental concepts of post-modernity; different styles, mediums from various sources are mixed. Purity is corrupted  to reach new genre and modes. Traditional ideas and former styles are reused and  earlier texts are cited  to draw attention to infinite diversity and fluidity of meaning. There is no single truth, there are only interpretations. Images of post-modernity lack depth and emotion, yet, they are vivid. Post-modern identity is characterized by hybridity and  fluidity. Various codes and contexts shape and destroy identity. Prevailing rules of gender, nationality, ethnicity are obsolete. Uncertainity and conflict are the indicative elements and meaning and  context is in a continuous formation process.

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