How the personal remains political in photography today

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Brown, C. 2017. How the personal remains political in photography today. Format 2015. Quad Derby Mar 2015 Intellect. https://doi.org/10.1386/scene.5.1.23_1
TypeConference paper
TitleHow the personal remains political in photography today
AuthorsBrown, C.
Abstract

There are a startling number of women artists making themselves the subject of their own work today. Many will make it a recurrent theme of their practice; others seem to go through a phase, either early or late on in their careers, where they feature themselves in their work. This might be an inevitable by-product of feminist studies, a subject covered in most art schools. Women artists grapple with theories about the engendered male gaze and attempt to position themselves within it. For young women artists it can almost be a rite of passage through which they must pass to find their own artistic voice. It could simply be due to the resurgence of interest in performance art in contemporary practice that leads so many female artists to use their own bodies as a tool for their work. This article sparked by the Evidence conference at FORMAT 2015 will consider the political implications of this use of the self. Four women artists using photography, all working in the United Kingdom, have been selected: Trish Morrissey, Sian Bonnell, E. J. Major and Melanie Manchot. Their work is taken as a starting point for some thinking around this subject. Each of the artists has been asked to respond to a series of questions and their comments punctuate this text; and I would like to thank them for contributing in this way

LanguageEnglish
ConferenceFormat 2015
Proceedings TitleScene
ISSN2044-3714
PublisherIntellect
Publication dates
Online06 Jun 2017
Print01 Jul 2017
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Deposited08 Oct 2018
Accepted06 Jun 2015
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1386/scene.5.1.23_1
Book titleScene
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