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Title:Performing exile: Cuban-American women’s performance art, 1972-2014
Author(s):Rodriguez, Susana "Xuxa"
Director of Research:Vázquez, Oscar E.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Vázquez, Oscar E.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Rodríguez, Richard T.; Ruiz, Sandra; Weissman, Terri
Department / Program:Art & Design
Discipline:Art History
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Art History
American Art
Latinx Art
Women's Art
Feminist Art
Contemporary Art
Performance Art
Performance Studies
María Magdalena Campos-Pons
Coco Fusco
Ana Mendieta
Carmelita Tropicana
Abstract:This dissertation examines Ana Mendieta, Carmelita Tropicana, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, and Coco Fusco together, arguing that their work embodies diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba in the late twentieth century, such as the 1960 embargo and 2001 Third Border Initiative. Case studies of select works by each artist use archival research, close readings, and discourse, performance, and visual analyses in conversation with critical race, intersectional feminist, and queer theoretical lenses to show how they use the body in performance and performative works—as well as in installation, photo, and video documentation—to track the experience of exile from political event to its impact on the diaspora community through policy’s scripting of citizenship. The project closes with a meditation on the resonating effects of exile as seen in the relationship between Cuban artist Tania Bruguera’s attempt to restage 2009’s Tatlin’s Whisper #6 and President Barack Obama’s 2014 announcement of normalizing relations between the two nations.
Issue Date:2020-05-06
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Susana "Xuxa" Rodriguez.
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-08-27
Date Deposited:2020-05

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