Title: Orlan: Millennial Female (Dress, Body, ...
Publisher: Berg Publishers
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: New
In the 1990s, the performance artist Orlan embarked on a project of body modification through plastic surgery to transform herself into a pastiche of the great icons of female beauty in Western art. This book examines the challenges her performance art poses to its viewers. Series: Dress, Body, Culture. Num Pages: 256 pages, illustrations, bibliography, index. BIC Classification: 3JJ; AB; APB; JFC; MNP. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 234 x 156 x 9. Weight in Grams: 312. . 2000. 1st. Paperback. . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9781859733394
Synopsis: The French performance artist Orlan has acquired both fame and infamy for her performances. A multimedia artist since the 1960s, she embarked at the beginning of the 1990s on a project of body modification through plastic surgery, the basic premise of which was to transform herself into a digitally designed pastiche of the greatest icons of female beauty in Western art. Orlan's project has sparked intense debate in the visual arts, among feminists, and among those concerned with medical ethics, as it raises complex questions about sexuality, beauty, subjectivity, gender and technology. This book addresses all these issues, and focuses on the interrelations of dress, body and culture in Orlan's work since the 1960s. Surgical performances represent the most extreme phase of Orlan's artistic practice, but she has made extensive and varied use of costume throughout her career.Using the 'body theory' and theories of monstrosity developed by feminist, gender and film theorists, and the work of philosophers Luce Irigaray and Gilles Deleuze, the author examines the challenges Orlan's performance art poses to its viewers. Anyone working in the fields of gender, the visual arts or cultural studies will find this book and the questions it raises provocative and enlightening.
Review: 'Fascinating and informative.'Modern and Contemporary France'By the end of this book many readers with a strong stomach will be keeping an eye out for [Orlan's] future performance dates.' Feminist Theory
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