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Contemporary queer performance art in Switzerland

Author Muriel BRUTTIN
Director of thesis Eléonore Lépinard
Co-director of thesis Anna Leander
Summary of thesis Art is a tool which oppressed minorities can mobilize to express themselves, and thus offers an empirical, ‘actual’ site in which the ideas and practices of a particular oppressed minority can be investigated. In this PhD project, I intend to explore the role of art for one particular marginalized group: LGBT/queer persons. In order to do so, this project will specifically investigate contemporary queer performance art. I focus on queer art because queer persons, or persons belonging to the LGBT+ spectrum (Lesbian Gay Bi Trans*), continue to face personal, legal and social discriminations in Switzerland today. I focus on queer rather than simply “LGBT” art as a way to begin with a concern for the ongoing production of queerness present in this art rather than to begin with the presumed fixed identity of “LGBT” artists. I focus on performance art in order to center questions of embodiment, which are of particular importance to queer theory.
Status beginning
Administrative delay for the defence 2024
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