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Touching across time: The geopolitics of feminist knowledge and the visual arts
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7932-2867
2014 (English)In: ЛИЧНОСТЬ, КУЛЬТУРА, ОБЩЕСТВО [Lichnost', Kultura, Obshchestvo], ISSN 1606-951X, Vol. 81-82, no 1-2, 97-109 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, I explore the question of geopolitics of knowledge in feminist studies together with the notion that the visual arts are an important starting point for the decolonization of knowledge and imagination. In particular, I discuss a series of self-portrait photographs by AnnaStina Treumund, a feminist and lesbian identified artist from postsocialist Estonia, and see if and how her work helps to reconfigure the lag discourse often associated with the former Eastern Europe within feminist theorizing. I zoom in on the artwork entitled Woman in the Corner of Mutsu’s Drawings (2010), an homage to Estonian graphic artist Marju Mutsu’s three ink drawings from 1972, and its connections with the recent turn towards history and reconceptualizing normative models of time in queer theory. Through Elizabeth Freeman’s concept of “erotohistoriography”, I will argue that Treumund’s impulse to start “making connections across time” [5] reveals a resistance to “chrononormative” models of history [9; 10] and to a tendency to view the present of feminist thought and queer art in Eastern Europe as always already one step behind the West.

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Moscow: Nezavisimyi Institut Grazhdanskogo Obshchestva , 2014. Vol. 81-82, no 1-2, 97-109 p.
Keyword [en]
gender, feminist art, queer time, geopolitics, erotohistoriography, Anna-Stina Treumund, Marju Mutsu, postsocialism, Eastern Europe Estonia
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Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-109697OAI: diva2:740625
Available from: 2014-08-25 Created: 2014-08-25 Last updated: 2015-03-06

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