Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies (BA)
Douglas Reichert Powell
This project investigates the work of performance artist Guillermo Gomez-Pefia through a postcolonial discourse. This project will be looking at three of the artist's pieces and proposes that though seen as an abstract or avant-garde performer, Gomez-Pefia's these pieces provide a platform for the oppressed who cannot speak for themselves due to hegemony - the subaltern. In the context of Gomez-Pefia's performance art, this theory provides a postcolonial discourse on notions such as hybridity, borders, transculturalism, and other elements of identities found in lafrontera. Ultimately, this project finds that though the subaltern cannot speak, it is through Gomez-Pefia's use of strategic essential ism that allows the subaltern to take back cultural stereotypes and turn them into agency. 30 pages.
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Martell, Paola, "Speaking Within Subalternity: A Critical Analysis of Performance Artist Guillermo Gomez-Pena and the Use of Strategic Essentialism" (2018). Cultural Studies Capstone Papers. 32.