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Barbed Utopia

Mahmoud, Randa Reda (2020) Barbed Utopia. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Mahmoud, Randa Reda

I create performative spaces with narratives implicitly inspired by my experiences in a repressive cultural context, and visually influenced by concepts of performance aesthetics, affect, emotions, expressiveness, rhythm and movement. My thesis research has been an amalgam of autoethnography, abstract installation and a critical, self-reflexive performance art practice. I use my expertise in architecture to create unconventional body-centric environments that explore the relationship of body, space and place to contemporary site-related art, scenography, performance and personal history. I use and investigate innovative methodologies of gesture, interiority and live art with a focus on my body as a site for creation, reinvention, memory and activism. My thesis artwork aims to critically scrutinize and challenge patriarchal and colonial systems. I incorporate feminist concepts through narratives that have connection to cultural identity, the gendered social gaze, cultural prejudices, home, nostalgia and diaspora.

Date: 6 April 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Installation Art, Performance Art, Diaspora, Patriarchal systems, Hybrid cultural identity, Social injustice
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
Date Deposited: 12 May 2020 19:30
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 21:15
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3035

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