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Female Body in the Looking-Glass : Contemporary Art, Aesthetics and Genderland - New (Paperback)
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In his writing on the 'mirror stage', the psychoanalytic theorist Jacques Lacan describes the female body as lacking: a mere symptom of man, an object constructed by male desire. However, what happens if the woman in art follows Jean Baudrillard's advice to 'swallow the mirror', and is made real? What if the beautiful is inverted and becomes ugly; and the ugly becomes beautiful? These are the fundamental questions Basia Sliwinska poses in this important new enquiry into gender identity and the politics of vision in contemporary women's art. Through an innovative discussion of the metaphor of the mirror, or looking-glass, Sliwinska reveals how the post-1989 practices of woman artists from both sides of the former Iron Curtain – such as Marina Abramovic, Joanna Rajkowska, Lora Hristova, Jess Dobkin, Natalia LL, Sedzia Glówny and SZ-ZS - go beyond gender binaries and instead embrace otherness and difference. She makes a refreshing, radical intervention into art theory and cultural studies by offering concepts such as 'the mirror' and 'genderland' (inspired by Alice's 'Wonderland') as critical tools with which we can analyse and explain recent developments in women's art.
Number of Pages: 226
Genre: Art, Social Science
Publisher: Tauris Academic Studies
Author: Basia Sliwinska
Street Date: February 18, 2018
Item Number (DPCI): 248-57-4414
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