Do Clothes Liberate Our Bodies Or Restrict Them?: Confusion And Potentialities In “Life And Limbs”
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Do Clothes Liberate Our Bodies Or Restrict Them?: Confusion And Potentialities In “Life And Limbs”

The politics of liberation are essentially corporeal. The struggle for free will—for subjecthood—is defined by the ease and unease of the body. The fear of hunger is physical; the wretched horror of deprivation is one of bodily need. All emotional despair is felt as corporeal absence or excess. If I am so wretchedly miserable that … Continue reading

Valley of the Dollhouses: The Uncanny Abject In Mathis Altmann’s ‘Foul Matters’
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Valley of the Dollhouses: The Uncanny Abject In Mathis Altmann’s ‘Foul Matters’

It’s hard to argue with the startling statement of two–hopefully–plastic turds plopped on delicately ornate dollhouse beds. Hung purposefully a little too high on the wall, viewers have to crane their necks to peek at the poop. However, nothing quite prepares you for the confrontation of the appalling yet appealing combination of the uncanny and the … Continue reading

Alpine Breeze in July: Swiss Institute’s Summer Exhibition ‘A Sunday in the Mountains’
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Alpine Breeze in July: Swiss Institute’s Summer Exhibition ‘A Sunday in the Mountains’

Heidi to me has always been one of the most atypical cartoon characters ever. Adventures of this orphan Alpine girl had such an indefinable melancholy that it has never failed giving me unusual blues. Besides her provincial innocence and naivety, Heidi was always undeniably quiet, calm and placid, just like her homeland Switzerland. Continue reading