Slim evidence of fat fortunes: towards a gendered history of fat acceptance

Robert Nelson

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In a disquieting artist’s book called The Watchers, the American photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero walks in public places, applying sunscreen at the beach, talking on the phone in the street or consulting a map; we see her standing in a piazza with a board advertising ‘large sandwich + draught beer’; and sometimes she is eating something. 1 Wherever she goes, she is a spectacle. Her assistant tails her, photographing the reactions of the passersby. In every image, she is scrutinized, judged, scorned, ridiculed. The reason for their derision is Morris-Cafiero’s figure. She is physically large and would commonly be described as obese.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFeminist Perspectives on Art
Subtitle of host publicationContemporary Outtakes
EditorsJacqueline Millner, Catriona Moore
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781315162072
ISBN (Print)9781138061781, 9781138061811
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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