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Gender Trouble? Body Trouble? Reinvestigating the Work of Marisol Escobar

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This contribution proposes a reinterpretation of selected 1960s sculptures by Marisol in order to illustrate the manner in which examples from the post-war neo-avant-garde represent a return to historical avant-garde projects which comprehend and reinvigorate avant-garde concerns. My perspective aims to probe the level at which Marisol can be analysed as presenting the body as a social construct and to ask whether Marisol's bodies display mainly gender trouble or a more critical level of body trouble. Key concepts used to reread Marisol's work include gender theory, encompassing the concept of masquerade, and psychoanalytic approaches to the body as a psycho-somatic construction. Freud, Lacan, Žižek, Hal Foster and Judith Butler constitute major points of critical reference.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2006

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