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'Fallen Angel': making a space for queer identities in schools

Addison, Nicholas (2012) 'Fallen Angel': making a space for queer identities in schools. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 16 (5-6). pp. 535-550. ISSN 1360-3116

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Addison, Nicholas

This paper is an examination of an artwork produced by a sixth-form student who explores the prohibited spaces of queer lives. She does so through the production of an installation, a dominant format in contemporary art, in which space is a central semiotic vehicle. Rather than choosing a confessional strategy, she distances herself from her own emerging lesbian identity by imagining these spaces from the subject position of a young gay male. This process enables her to engage audiences in questioning the historical and social structures that reproduce heteronormativity without falling into the tropes of popular confession. With reference to the work of Judith Butler, I analyse how the student enacts and reconfigures representations of gender and sexuality to afford a space for the construction of queer identities.

Official Website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2012.655492
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: art education; art installation; queer theory; semiotics; sexuality
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Taylor & Francis
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: March 2012
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1080/13603116.2012.655492
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2013 09:37
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2013 09:37
Item ID: 6001
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/6001

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