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Bodily relations and reciprocity in the art of Sonia Khurana

Wainwright, Leon (2017). Bodily relations and reciprocity in the art of Sonia Khurana. Cultural Dynamics, 29(4) pp. 255–274.

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This article explores the significance of the ‘somatic’ and ‘ontological turn’ in locating the radical politics articulated in the contemporary performance, installation, video and digital art practices of New Delhi-based artist, Sonia Khurana (b. 1968). Since the late 1990s Khurana has fashioned a range of artworks that require new sorts of reciprocal and embodied relations with their viewers. While this line of art practice suggests the need for a primarily philosophical mode of inquiry into an art of the body, such affective relations need to be historicised also in relation to a discursive field of ‘difference’ and public expectations about the artist’s ethnic, gendered and national identity. Thus, this intimate, visceral and emotional field of inter- and intra-action is a novel contribution to recent transdisciplinary perspectives on the gendered, social and sentient body, that in turn prompts a wider debate on the ethics of cultural commentary and art historiography.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Author
ISSN: 0921-3740
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > Art History
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 49434
Depositing User: Leon Wainwright
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2017 13:46
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2019 21:01
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