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Expression Extreme And History Trauma In Women Body Art In China: The Case Of He Chengyao

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This chapter is inspired by Amelia Jones' arguments for a body art that focuses on its development in the late capitalist, postmodern, and postcolonial western world. The chapter coincides with most of Jones's intention to highlight the position of the body as locus of a disintegrated or dispersed self and as an elusive marker of the subject's place in the social milieu, while locating the body under art in the context of a new China. It presents a case study of the Chinese woman artist He Chengyao. This study comes to political conclusions, and also attempts to arrive at social, historical, and psychological conclusions. It further engages Jones' other arguments by demonstrating how He's work removes the representations of the female body from those in the dynamic of fetishism or consumerism, where the rapid development of cosmopolitanism and capitalization in China has nurtured the female body in its contemporary era.

Keywords: Amelia Jones; Contemporary Chinese Body Art; cosmopolitanism; He Chengyao



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