Orlan: Millennial Female (Dress, Body, Culture)

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The French performance artist Orlan has acquired both fame and infamy for her performances. A multimedia artist since the 1960s, she embarked at the beginning of the 1990s on a project of body modification through plastic surgery, the basic premise of which was to transform herself into a digitally designed pastiche of the greatest icons of female beauty in Western art. Orlan's project has sparked intense debate in the visual arts, among feminists, and among those concerned with medical ethics, as it raises complex questions about sexuality, beauty, subjectivity, gender and technology. This book addresses all these issues, and focuses on the interrelations of dress, body and culture in Orlan's work since the 1960s. Surgical performances represent the most extreme phase of Orlan's artistic practice, but she has made extensive and varied use of costume throughout her career. Using the 'body theory' and theories of monstrosity developed by feminist, gender and film theorists, and the work of philosophers Luce Irigaray and Gilles Deleuze, the author examines the challenges Orlan's performance art poses to its viewers. Anyone working in the fields of gender, the visual arts or cultural studies will find this book and the questions it raises provocative and enlightening.

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Kate Ince, Lecturer in French Studies, University of Birmingham

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In 1990, French multimedia artist Orlan reincarnated herself as "Saint Orlan" and preceded to undergo seven cosmetic surgeries, each duplicating various facial characteristics of female icons from the history of art. Orlan remains coherent throughout the surgeries and recites poetry and personal manifestos, while video and still cameras capture the gory action for future audiences. While embracing the technology of cosmetic surgery, Orlan's work can be read as questioning the female ideal. Her artwork has been at the center of much recent debate and theoretical musings about the female body, medicine, and psychoanalysis. Ince (French studies, Univ. of Birmingham) steeps her analysis in French literary criticism while addressing issues such as corporeality, the gaze, fashion as art, and identity politics. Though this is the first monograph dedicated to this artist and covers her 35-year career to date, the academic nature of the commentary regrettably restricts it to graduate-level library collections in literary criticism, French studies, and art history.DKrista Ivy, Bryn Mawr Coll. Lib., PA
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