The Silent Witness: Art as a Mode of Representation of Voices and Visions of How, as a Woman, I Build Borders and Bridges in Enacting My Identit(ies)

By Nish Belford.

Published by The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies

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Feminist theorists unveil how women negotiate their identities within complex entanglements of social constructs such as race, ethnicity, religious belief and practices, cultural tradition, and values. Feminist artists use subjective experiences that shape representation and performativity in empowering women to have a ‘voice’. In this paper, I focus on ‘breaking silences’ through series of my artworks (as part of my PhD research) that represent self-narratives as subjectivities of life experiences, contingencies, and cultural shifts through migration transitions as new ways of figuration and reflection on such issues. I look through discourses of gender differences, nomadic subjectivity, and new ways of figurations (Braidotti 2011, 10) and the affect theory (Gregg and Seigworth 2010), and the concept of giving ‘voice’ (Berlant 2011). Such discourses frame how I interrogate and represent my gendered identities.

Keywords: Feminist Theories, Feminist Art, Gendered Identities, Art as a Mode of Representation

The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp.11-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.742MB).

Dr. Nish Belford

PhD Student, School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

My research focuses on reconciling my different roles as artist, researcher, and teacher to investigate notions of how identity and culture are enacted through artistic expression. I use a/r/tography as a framework that merges narratives, art as a generative process and representation, and a reflexive analysis. My research interests include: post-colonial diaspora theory; globalisation; migration and relocation; hybridity within identity and culture, and art as expression; art as a generative process; recognition of identity and culture through visual art education; cultural diversity; and art as representation. I am registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and am a member of Art Education Australia, and Art Education Victoria.