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Disidentification & Feminist Performance Art

  • Dr. Lara Mazurski
Wednesday 16 December 2015
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

In this talk, Dr Lara Mazurski (AUC & ASCA) will address dominant and minority constructions of identity within feminist performance art. The talk focuses on the ways in which one can embrace and also reject hegemonic imaginings of identity, pointing to a middle ground in which an individual can take on an identity and reveal its complex construction. In the West, when we think of veiled Muslim women our imaginings have often emerged as a result of mediatized texts and images that are about Islam. In these representations we are offered particular views of how we are to think of Muslim women, to represent them, and as a result we are often limited by a particular vision of them – that is Orientalistic.  This talk reflects on the ways that performance art can help viewers to negotiate dominant and minority constructions of ethnic identity and offer other possibilities for transformation. To explore these issues further I draw from the body of work on disidentificaiton within queer theory such as José Esteban Muñoz’s Disidentifications (1999) and Eve Sedgwick’s Epistemology of the Closet (1990). Case studies will be drawn from Martha Rosler and Fouzia Najar. 

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