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Research at St Andrews

Martyna Ewa Majewska


Research overview

My research interrogates the myriad ways in which African American artists create performances for photography and video, radically altering stereotypical images of blackness in the United States. It aims to demonstrate why embodied performance for the camera has been instrumental in combating racist and sexist representations of people of colour, and how this mode of practice has evolved over the years, both in its objectives and methodologies. To this end, I study the differences between artistic strategies employed by African American performance artists in the 1970s and 80s and those working at present. Interwoven with these explorations is an analysis of historical and contemporary representations of racial difference in fine arts, photography and popular culture. My doctoral project is designed to redress the omissions and misinterpretations committed in Performance Studies, video art theory and scholarship on post-war American Art History, thus exposing the long-standing imbrication of these disciplines in predominantly white, masculinist and heteronormative viewpoints.

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