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Painting the zone : Chernobyl and the "Art of witness"


Painting the zone : Chernobyl and the "Art of witness"

Bobiy, Mikaela (2000) Painting the zone : Chernobyl and the "Art of witness". Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Often paired together as a result of their common heritage/background, the works of the artists addressed within this thesis, Natalka Husar and Taras Polataiko, share little on the surface. While Husar works solely within the realm of painting, Polataiko's works distinguish themselves as being not of one medium, often combining elements of painting, installation and performance within one piece. However, it is beyond this formal superficiality that the similarities reside. Choosing to address the events at Chernobyl, whether directly or indirectly, both artists embark on a quasi-political trajectory, using and manipulating elements of abjection, the narrative, virus, masochism and art history in order to produce "countervisions." These countervisions exist as one facet of the "art of witness", a method by which particular events, such as that of Chernobyl, are visually addressed. Through a dismantling of borders and by providing openings within an otherwise closed discussion, these artists, through their often unacknowledged roles as witnesses, present the viewer with new methods of looking.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Bobiy, Mikaela
Pagination:vii, 107 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art History
Thesis Supervisor(s):Lerner, Loren
Identification Number:N 72 S6B63 2000
ID Code:1114
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 17:16
Last Modified:13 Jul 2020 19:48
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