The absent subversion, the silent transgression: the voice and the silence of the body in some contemporary iranian and arab artists
Cherem, Youssef [UNIFESP]
MetadataShow full item record
The subject of the representation of the body is a privileged locus to engage critically the concepts we use to make sense of much of the contemporary art in the Middle East. The absence, in the work of some internationally renowned artists, of representations of the body that contest dominant narratives is intriguing. How do we account for the many cases of effacement of the body and absence of an individual voice? I argue that many cases of contemporary art from the Middle East do not critically deal with the body as a locus of individual and collective agencyhowever, an analysis of works from Iran and the Arab world shows the body as a medium and a locus for contesting gender roles and pushing new boundaries against both official and Western expectations.
- EFLCH - Artigos