Performative metaphors influencing the art practice of women artists from different global locations

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    In this paper, ‘performative metaphors’ is used as a framework to foreground questions of women artist’s positioning and ‘visibility’ in the global art world. Four women artists who practice in different countries, considered core, semi-peripheral and peripheral global locations, shared their views and subjectivities in relation to their nationality, cultural, and religious identities conjointly, with other ideologies and philosophies have influenced their art and practice. The researcher, having a migrant artist identity, positions herself as a critical ethnographer and takes a reflexive stance in examining the participant’s responses. The intersection of literature, from feminist theories and other socio-cultural lenses, extend the discussion on issues of agency, activism, identity, voice, and visibility afforded to the women artists’ as examined from their perspectives. However, this paper also stipulates the lack of visibility and attention given to other women artists mainly from global peripheral countries and those having a migrant artist identity. The conclusion draws on the possibilities for bridging collective identities with an ongoing conversation triggered by the four women artists while extending this discourse to a broader audience.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages19
    JournalGender and Women’s Studies
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2019


    • Feminist theories
    • eographical positioning, and visibility of women artists in the global art world
    • performative metaphors
    • subjectivities

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