Artists who use the politicised body in their art

A recent panel discussion at Sydney Contemporary unpacked the ideas around how the performed body can either uphold or defy systems of oppression and identity.
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The Ride, 2017 (detail) ; courtesy http://cigdemaydemir.com/

We are who we are – it is a pretty standard thought. However, in many ways, that notion is flawed. We are constructs of social mores, of cultural heritage, nurtured values, gender, education and place. Everything about us is politicised without even trying to draw comment intentionally.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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