Candice Amich, Feminist Performance and the Limits of Witness in Neoliberal Times

Sep 23, 2013
4:30 PM
Adamson Auditorium, Baker Hall 136A

The Center for Arts in Society presents Candice Amich, the A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of English: "Feminist Performance and the Limits of Witness in Neoliberal Times"

Since 1999, Guatemalan performance artist Regina JosÚ Galindo has used her body to register what Judith Butler calls ┐the geopolitical distribution of corporeal vulnerability,┐ calling attention, for example, to the femicides that have accompanied the feminization of labor globally. Galindo┐s extreme bodily acts viscerally transmit neoliberalism┐s gendered economies of violence. Indexing brutal acts of state violence, but also more subtle invasions of the female form through cosmetic culture, Galindo┐s performances explore neoliberalism from the inside out. The harm which Galindo┐s performance practice invites to her body collapses the distance between testifier and witness to absorb the spectator in a vision of violent mutuality.

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