2023-02Thematic Section
Cultural Complexities and their Environment: Investigations of Code–Switching in Contemporary Visual Arts


Contemporary artworks are primary sources for a better understanding of the most important issues in our current reality. The complexities of cultural interactions are often thematized in pieces of art using the artistic means of code-switching, and where the investigation of these questions is pursued in and with regards to the issues of the broader context, including the built and the urban setting. In this paper I examine some aspects of these questions, with the help of some inspiring examples, through artworks by creators coming from five different parts of the world: hence in the works by Manit Sriwanichpoom, Nandipha Mntambo, Michael Rakowitz, Yinka Shonibare, and Marja Helander. In this way I aim to emphasize the global relevance of these issues, as well as what we can thus learn from and about our own origins, current standpoints, and further possibilities.


cultural interactions, code-switching, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Nandipha Mntambo, Michael Rakowitz, Yinka Shonibare and Marja Helander

How to cite:

Somhegyi, Zoltán. “Cultural Complexities and their Environment: Investigations of Code–Switching in Contemporary Visual Arts.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 7, no. 2 (2023):  27-35. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2023.0013.


Zoltán Somhegyi
Department of Art History, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary
H-1091 Budapest, Kálvin Square 9, Hungary


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