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Author Gomez, Elizabeth
Title Voice and identity in contemporary Canadian art: Perspectives on vocality and representation
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Descript 285 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 71-05, Section: A, page:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--McGill University (Canada), 2009
This dissertation argues that voice is defined through both its material and representational status and is fully integrated within the construction of gendered and raced identities, as well as the process of identification itself. At the centre of each chapter is the notion that voice can be an alternate mode of encountering and experiencing the other. As an examination into the issues of contemporary Canadian art, this discussion is initiated from context of art practices but is not limited to this field. Using the works of Janet Cardiff, Genevieve Cadieux, Ken Lum and Rebecca Belmore, this dissertation connects artistic practices to the distinct themes of narrative, embodiment, representation, and place. All of these artists and themes are integral in explaining the connectivity of voice to identity and how this topic is relevant to and reflective of current issues of race and gender within Canadian society. The use of non-visual artistic practices is also evidence of how constructions of identity, when restricted to the visual field are regimented and informed by the ideological structures of the term 'visibility'. 'Visibility' and its metonymic link with overt politicized terminology such as 'visible minority' is a limiting factor in daily existence for many citizens who face discrimination based on regimes of viewing
This dissertation makes a case not only for expanding the critical terms from which to discuss contemporary Canadian art that falls outside of visual parameters, but it is also an examination of existing critical theories of identity. Aside from critiquing aspects of visuality, the following chapters will consider voice as an aspect of the material body and the represented body that is ever present, but rarely considered critically. Through the use of interdisciplinary feminist and postcolonial texts, this thesis constructs a critical framework from which 'voice' can be applied not only to art historical topics, but all areas of cultural production
School code: 0781
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 71-05A
Subject Art History
Speech Communication
Language, General
Alt Author McGill University (Canada). Department of Art History and Communications Studies
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