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Youlogy : self/portraiture, Canada, and Taras Polataiko's YOU series

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Youlogy : self/portraiture, Canada, and Taras Polataiko's YOU series

Mellamphy, Janelle (1996) Youlogy : self/portraiture, Canada, and Taras Polataiko's YOU series. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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What does YOU mean? Who does YOU define? If your initial answer is that YOU defines the other , why is it then that every I responds to the other's YOU? When you say YOU, I think I. When I say YOU, you think I. Or is it we? YOU is both singular and plural, one and anyone, clear and complex. YOU can be anyone and everyone. But can YOU mean you, if YOU means me and them as well? YOU puts into question the very idea of identity. This equivocality of where one YOU begins and the other ends, the questioning of the subject position and of the object of that subject's gaze, is what is explored in Taras Polataiko's YOU series. In this thesis, I seek to face the question of identity in terms of self/portraiture. Centring my discussion around YOU , a series of self-portraits by Ukrainian-born Canadian artist Taras Polataiko, I will face the question of identity first with regard to portraiture, by defining the aspects of the self a portrait aims to encapsulate; second as applied in YOU , when the series is read through a Lacanian lens; and third, as taken to its il -logical conclusion: the YOULOGY of a notion

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Mellamphy, Janelle
Pagination:vii, 95 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Art History
Date:1996
Thesis Supervisor(s):MacKenzie, Catherine
ID Code:148
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:10
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:12
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