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dc.contributor.authorSnyman, Amé
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-03T08:06:01Z
dc.date.available2013-10-03T08:06:01Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10394/9204
dc.descriptionThesis (MA (History of Art))--North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 2013.
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation presents an investigation into two so-called live art works – Ugly girl at the rugby (1998) and Chandelier (2001-2002) – by the contemporary South African artist Steven Cohen (1962-). These works are explored with reference to the manner in which Cohen (as self-declared queer Jewish freak) uses performance art as a form of activism in order to expose practices of marginalisation and suppression (oppression) of non-normative or so-called deviant subject positions in terms of gender, race and ethnicity. The analysis of artworks is guided by the discourse of the carnavalesque and performative conceptualisations of gender with particular emphasis on Cohen’s use of drag as contemporary form of masquerade in order to propose an alternative subject position. The argument is as follows: that Cohen, by setting up an extreme alternative to normative identity constructs, manages to destabilise existing hierarchies that are structured according to binaries as these exist in spaces (such as a rugby stadium and a squatter camp) in the South African context. This destabilising of binary hierarchies gives rise to the argument that the symbolically encoded nature of spaces known for associations of suppression, exclusion and marginalisation are wrought open so that alternative meanings can come into being by activating these spaces as multifaceted and chronotopic constructs. The conclusion is that Cohen contributes profoundly towards the destabilisation of identities and in this way also helps to propose invigorating and fresh views of gender, race and ethnicity in a contemporary South African situation.en_US
dc.language.isootheren_US
dc.publisherNorth-West University
dc.subjectActivismen_US
dc.subjectalternative subject positionen_US
dc.subjectchronotopeen_US
dc.subjectlayered/charged spacesen_US
dc.subjectdragen_US
dc.subjectJudith Butleren_US
dc.subjectcarnavalesqueen_US
dc.subjectmasqueradeen_US
dc.subjectgrotesqueen_US
dc.subjectMikhail Bakhtinen_US
dc.subjectperformance art/living arten_US
dc.subjectSteven Cohenen_US
dc.titleDie karnavaleske as sosiale kommentaar : 'n ondersoek na geselekteerde werke van Steven Cohenafr
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.thesistypeMastersen_US


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