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WHEREVER THE END TAKES ME the palindromic journey of existence

By EIRINI DANAI VLACHOU

Abstract

This work is an attempt to awknowledge the common ground that lies between the artist, the object of inquiry presented and the viewer. The object of inquiry being the woman as the Other. The gaze as the crucial element that informes our sense of belonging and alienation and consequently our position in the world. The geographical, social, economical and psychological displacement and their implications in the formation of a woman’s identity shaped by personal history. The roles of language, uniting or dividing, as means to communicate as well as oppress, and the logos of objects conscious and subconscious as represented in the artwork and as met in world around us. The presence of objects, their relation to their visual representation and the viewer. The role of memory in the functions of the body and the mind, and the use of memory as a possible tool to instill empathy. The opportunities provided by the means – written and spoken word, photography, installation art, objects, found and offered and the implications of technology – as well as their limitations. Strategies chosen in the creation and exhibition of the artwork, contemplation on the process and the outcome. Glimpses on the respond of the viewers. The ‘here’ and the ‘now’, as the space and time that surrounds us and how we relate to them, to ourselves and to the others

Topics: existence, identity, women, alienation, belonging, memory, gaze, visual arts, photography, installation art, language, migration, society, technology
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:gupea.ub.gu.se:2077/21664

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