An intimate ethnography
Authors: Banerji, Anurima; Distante, Ilaria
Source: Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Volume 19, Number 1, March 2009 , pp. 35-60(26)
Abstract:This essay delineates the pleasures, paradoxes, and predicaments of representing the South Asian dancing body in visual terms. While the racialized body is often regarded as a metonym of culture, the author proposes “an intimate ethnography” as a strategy of subverting the exoticizing impulse inherent in the dominant gaze. The artists offer new visions of dance that interrogate the naturalized links between the body and culture-suggesting ambiguity, partiality, and evocation as other ways of contemplating the photographic image and constructing another politics for looking at dance.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Performance Studies, New York University, New York, USA
Publication date: 2009-03-01