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Kvinnliga perspektiv i turkisk samtida konst
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Art History.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

Title: Female aspects in contemporary Turkish art

Author: Monica Swedberg

Supervisor: Hedvig Brander-Jonsson

Level: Master essay, 45 hp

Date: June 2014



The aim of the essay is to carry out how women are pictured and with which subjects and perspectives Turkish female artists work with in contemporary art. My study includes works of ten female artists, all represented at the Turkish art scene during 2012 and 2013 and all with a female perspective as an important theme.

   I use different postcolonial perspectives and theories in my analyses of fifteen artworks. Edward Saids theories about orientalism, Homi K. Bhabas about the hybrid and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivaks about the subaltern have all been useful in my analyses. Furthermore, I use feminist theories as Chandra Talpade Mohantys theories about the other and Lena-Maija Rossis and Joan Rivières about “womanliness as masquerade”.

   The artworks deal with mainly three issues; 1) the other, stereotypes and the viewers’ role and responsibility, 2) cultural and social boundries and taboos and 3) violence at home, honour violence and violence against women. In addition to that, different identities are dealt with. Sometimes as a confusion and mix between the traditional and modern world and between east and west. Sometimes as a masquerade, the subaltern or the other.

    Cultural differences between the eastern and western world is also something dealt with, where the western worlds view of the Orient is a common theme. Differences between the traditional and modern world is a notable theme accentuating that Turkey and specially the Turkish women still are very affected by traditional and patriarchal norms and values. The modern, independent and sensible woman is nonetheless the ideal that can be seen in the artworks.



Female Turkish artists, women in Turkish contemporary art, female aspects in art, postcolonial perspectives, feminist theories, orientalism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 105 p.
Keyword [en]
Female Turkish artists, women in Turkish contemporary art, female aspects in art, postcolonial perspectives, feminist theories, orientalism.
Keyword [sv]
Kvinnliga turkiska konstnärer, kvinnor i turkisk samtidskonst, kvinnliga perspektiv i konsten, postkolonialism, feministiska konstteorier, orientalism.
National Category
Humanities Art History
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-233727OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-233727DiVA: diva2:753861
Educational program
Masters in Humanities, Cultural Anthropology
2014-06-02, Ritsalen, Konstvetenskapliga Instutuinen, Uppsala Universtitet, Uppsala, 10:53 (Swedish)
Available from: 2014-12-19 Created: 2014-10-09 Last updated: 2014-12-19Bibliographically approved

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