Performing Feminism - Kirsten Justesen

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Kirsten Justesen is a major figure within the field of early body art and performance. The essay looks at her explorations within this new field as she engaged in a structural, analytical and actionbased mode confronting the classical concept of sculpture as a purely structural and syntactic question bringing into play key tems such as 'sculptor' and 'model', 'figure' and 'material', 'image' and 'space'. Her works not only actualise the conceptual implications of the classical concept of sculpture, but also open up a gap in the avant-garde understanding of the body as a depersonalised tool, and point towards the explicit political implications of the marked and gendered body.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Cultural History of the Avantgarde in the Nordic Countries 1950-75
EditorsTania Ørum, Jesper Olsson
Number of pages7
Place of PublicationLeiden. Boston
PublisherBrill Rodopi
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-31049-0
Publication statusPublished - 2016
SeriesAvant-Garde Critical Studies


  • body art
  • performance
  • feminism
  • avantgarde
  • 1960s
  • 1970s

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