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Escaping Marginalization: The Domestic Sphere as a Site of Social Resistance - 3D virtual exhibtion by Natalie Pashaie

Escaping Marginalization: The Domestic Sphere as a Site of Social Resistance

Di, 05/01/2018Di, 05/15/2018

Throughout history, people have been and are continuing to be marginalized based on the politics and circumstances of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and socioeconomic status. The first half of the twentieth century was a time of global mass migration; economic conditions in colonial Europe, for example, appeared to be superior to those which many African, Indian, and Asian migrants were experiencing in their native countries at the time. As depicted in Sam Selvon's "The Lonely Londoners" and in Monique Truong's "The Book of Salt," these migrants often found themselves combatting racial tensions while striving to provide for themselves and grappling with the psychological toll of being a stranger in a new land. Socializing in a society equipped with racial and gender biases led domestic spaces to become places of comfort and belonging for these aforementioned literary characters. The isolation afforded by marginalization, particularly that of immigrants in colonial Europe, turn experiences of socialization into private acts of defiance and rebellion. As readers, we get access to these experiences, but nonetheless, they remain confined.
The following contemporary artists are showcasing how the often privatized domestic sphere still functions as a place of defiance, but could also act as a public stage of resistance. The domesticity of the works invite viewers to confront systematic marginalization in a personal way- and in doing so, these artists are intimately aiming to question and disband larger racial, social, sexual and economic stigmas.

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