Emily Draicchio – Ambiguous Categories: Strategic Essentialism in Ana Mendieta’s Silueta Series

Ana Mendieta (1948-1985) was a crucial figure in the development and continuous transformation of feminist art in the 1970s and onwards. Mendieta challenged the male-dominant view of contemporary art by incorporating feminist ideals through what she defined as “earth-body” art (Viso 11). Earth-body art is best exemplified by her Silueta series (translating to silhouettes) completed […]

The Body as Costume; ORLAN’s “Omniprésence” and the Standard of Taste – Taylor Neal

Orlan is both fascinating and dreadful[1]. This seems to be the consensus among spectators and discourse regarding the French artist Mireille Suzanne Francette Porte, who has made a name for herself as a performance artist and feminist icon since the early 1970s under the name Saint Orlan, claimed by the artist in 1971. With her […]

SHOWTIME! (to be said with an exclamatory voice while raising your hands in the air) – Roxa Hy

SHOWTIME! (to be said with an exclamatory voice while raising your hands in the air) & other moments from Roxa Hy on Vimeo. SHOWTIME! (to be said with an exclamatory voice while raising your hands in the air) & other moments addresses the spectacle and hidden labors. The SHOW starts with the Miss France anthem as […]

What is “Good Hair”? – Yiara Meets Liela Touré

Yiara’s Amelia Wong-Mersereau speaks with artist Liela Touré (BA Communications, Concordia) about her performative piece “Good Hair”. An interview to discuss the recent performance piece by Liela Touré at Oboro in Montreal. This durational performance entitled “Good Hair” calls the viewer to consider the body, the gaze, and the politics of race and gender with regards […]