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'Ginealogy': Towards the revival of feminine genealogies in the works of contemporary Polish artists
Södertörn University College, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8263-5530
2008 (English)In: Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, ISSN 1488-0989, Vol. 10, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Luce Irigaray argues, that in order to re-evaluate and revive the feminine in culture we need to turn our attention to relations between women, especially mothers and daughters, and revive “feminine genealogies from oblivion” (1995: 13). In the present text, I scrutinize the works of contemporary Polish artists: Monika Zielińska/Mamzeta and Katarzyna Górny demonstrating strategies they employ to retrace the voices of women and to re-interpret the figures of the mother and daughter. Their art can be viewed as an attempt to transgress the established gender order in a very Irigarayan sense: by bringing up the maternal, and by regaining female genealogies, or even creating “ginealogies” instead—the term referring to the work “Genealogy/ginealogy: The Scar After the Mother” by Monika Zielińska, who replaced the supposedly neutral prefix “gyne” with feminine “gine.” Through the representations of the maternal body: sensual and desiring, but also aging, sick, disabled or dying, entirely new understanding of female subjectivity can be acquired. Female corporeality, also the non-normative that typically exists on the margins of the patriarchal culture is finally placed in the centre. Artists, whose works I discuss struggle to find visual language(s) that would enable the expression of women’s experiences, in line with Irigaray’s idea of reviving women’s language(s) and representations along with enlivening their-story, making an important contribution to the attempts at recovering the female voice, which is still undervalued and forgotten in our culture(s)

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Toronto: York University , 2008. Vol. 10, no 2
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Art History Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-9499OAI: diva2:427135
Available from: 2011-06-27 Created: 2011-06-27 Last updated: 2016-10-10Bibliographically approved

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