28 maggio 2019: Christine Battersby: The Pregnant Grotesque. Contextualising the Portrayal of Pregnancy in Contemporary Sculpture
P I S - PERFORMING IDENTITIES SEMINAR: The Monster
Christine Battersby (University Of Warwick - UK)
The Pregnant Grotesque. Contextualising the Portrayal of Pregnancy in Contemporary Sculpture
28 maggio 2019: ore 14:30-16:30
Sala Seminari, Sottotetto del Dipartimento di Filosofia, Cortile Ghiacciaia, via Festa del Perdono 7.
This talk will be an extended version of the article “Natality, Materiality, Maternity: The Sublime and the Grotesque in Contemporary Sculpture” [in Motherhood in Literature and Culture, eds Gill Rye et al, 2017] which was published in a very abbreviated form, and with web-links to only a few of the associated images. Both the talk and the article consider sculptures by recent contemporary male sculptors in relation to the question as to why their sculptures tend to trigger the response that they are “grotesque”, rather than “sublime”. In revisiting the talk for your seminar, I will abbreviate some of the historical background relating to the oppositional aesthetic categories of the beautiful and the sublime, in order to say more about the historically mobile and also under-theorised category of the “grotesque”. If time permits, I will also discuss the medical and religious traditions of depicting pregnancy through écorché figures, and add in some comments about the emergence of transgendered “male mothers” in real-life 21st-century societies.
Relator's website: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/philosophy/people/battersby/
La partecipazione è fortemente raccomandata agli allievi del Scuola di Dottorato in Filosofia e Scienze dell’Uomo.
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Organizzazione: prof.ssa Chiara Cappelletto.