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Bundled Dwelling/Equipajes Inhabitados

Benitez, Gabriela (2020) Bundled Dwelling/Equipajes Inhabitados. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Benitez, Gabriela

My research uses the intimacy of the kitchen table as a lens through which to explore relations between migration, dwelling and self identity. Bundled Dwelling/Equipajes Inhabitados brings objects of domestic life and thought on migration, home and self, together in assemblages derived from performance-based installations that seek to connect and re-connect elements within. In their making (bundling, entangling the kitchen table object/s) and materiality, these assemblages locate the process of making and re-making ‘home’ for me as a migrant, and thereby elicit and re-work personal and socio-cultural conceptions, assumptions and memories about my (and perhaps also other’s) home and self territories. The methodology that I use, which focuses on action around the kitchen table object/s, flows from Gloria Anzaldúa's descriptions of a mestiza’s knowing by kneading – “soy un amasamiento” – and the potential of ‘unfolding’ subject-object relations by means of objectivation within domestic spaces. I draw from decolonial theory and post-human inquiry, including Object Oriented Feminism and contemporary studies in migration and material culture. I also model this work after that of artists that engage with domestic life to un-do familiarity, distances or scales in articulating associations that exceed domesticity, like Doris Salcedo, Mona Hatoum and Julieanna Preston.

Date: 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: migration, kitchen table, self territories, performance-base installation, making home
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
Date Deposited: 12 May 2020 07:02
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 21:30
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2983

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