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The manichaean body : Rebecca Belmore's art making in the context of socially responsive activist art

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The manichaean body : Rebecca Belmore's art making in the context of socially responsive activist art

Dmytruk, Irmela Agnes (2004) The manichaean body : Rebecca Belmore's art making in the context of socially responsive activist art. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis positions Rebecca Belmore's art making as a ritual space of concern for the socially constructed marginalized other. With processes that are as much personal and private as they are political and public, her art production reacts to societal injustices, and aims to expose transgressions and violations, in particular those involving women, the environment, and spirituality, in reference to her Aboriginal identity, thus linking considerations of race, class and gender. Her performances and installations construct a social sculpture, anchored in the lived body as site of experience, referring both to her own body and to the body politic. With the Manichæan Body as a model for negotiating conflicting dualisms that shape social structures, her works are aesthetic and at the same time ethical strategies for transformation and social change. Conflict and violence as unavoidable realities of personal and political space, can be mediated by opening sites for concern, participation, and engagement, on intra- and interpersonal levels. Belmore's art making connects her to other activist artists working in the field of socially responsive public art--and in particular Suzanne Lacy--who has addressed issues of social justice and the violation and marginalization of those who are different.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Dmytruk, Irmela Agnes
Pagination:ix, 133 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art History
Date:2004
Thesis Supervisor(s):Acland, Joan
ID Code:8430
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:25
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 14:25
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