OCAD University Open Research Repository

G.I. Jane Doe: Witnessing War in the Exhibition Overlooked / Looked Over

Cappuccitti, Jessica (2013) G.I. Jane Doe: Witnessing War in the Exhibition Overlooked / Looked Over. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Cappuccitti, Jessica
Abstract:

The 2012 exhibition Overlooked / Looked Over at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago presented the work of eight female veterans and provided an opportunity for viewers to bear witness to the trauma experienced by women in the United States Military as well as a place for the viewer to observe their trauma in ways that did not spectacularize the women’s experience or the art itself. Through an analysis of the exhibition this paper explores how art practices can enact and facilitate new modes of testimony and witnessing, and argues that the works in this exhibit do so in relation to both the testimonies of the survivor and the role of the viewer as listener. To illustrate the survivor / listener framework this paper concentrates on two works in particular: the Fatigues Clothesline by Regina Vasquez and Uncovering My Crime Scene by Erica Slone. Art, as observed in this exhibition, creates a site to enable testimony and witnessing that exposes the trauma experienced by women in the United States Military.

Date: 10 May 2013
Uncontrolled Keywords: Exhibition, Overlooked / Looked Over, National Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, trauma, women, testimony and witnessing
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2014 18:55
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2016 16:38
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/166

Actions (login required)

Edit View Edit View