Painting the Body: Feminist Musings on Visual Autographies

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Tamboukou, M
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2018
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In this paper I look at autographical depictions of the body in the work of Mato Ioannidou, a Greek woman artist, who participated in a wider narrative-based project on visual and textual entanglements between life and art. The paper unfolds in three parts: first, I give an overview of Ioannidou's artwork, making connections with significant events in her life; then I discuss feminist theorizations of embodiment and visual auto|biography; and finally I draw on insights from Spinozist feminist philosophers to discuss the artist's portrayal of women's bodies in three cycles of her work. What I argue is that the body becomes a centerpiece in the attempt to perceive connections between life and art through expressionism rather than representation.

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a/b: Auto/Biography Studies

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33

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2

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Cultural studies

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