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Fabulous Harlequin : ORLAN and the Patchwork Self - Jorge Daniel Veneciano

Fabulous Harlequin

ORLAN and the Patchwork Self

By: Jorge Daniel Veneciano (Editor), Rhonda Garelick (Editor)

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Published: 1st October 2010
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For four decades the internationally renowned French artist ORLAN has interrogated every defining aspect of being human—gender, ethnicity, religion, beauty, physiognomy, and even physiology itself—through an endlessly mutating oeuvre that defies categorization. Performance, sculpture, photography, poetry, design—ORLAN not only creates within these media, she disappears into them, willfully dissolving and reconfiguring her identity through her work. ORLAN is most famous for her series of cosmetic-surgery performances in the 1990s in which she reconfigured her face and body as a critique of the standards of beauty imposed on women. In 2008, in a seemingly radical departure, ORLAN chose to disappear from her work entirely, effacing her famously protean features from her creations. In fact, she had chosen an even more dramatic way to dismantle her identity and perform it anew. With her Harlequin Coat project ORLAN borrows the commedia dell’arte trickster hero, the harlequin, as her alter ego, using his patchwork motif as a metaphor for the fragmented, multicolored, multilayered performance of the human signature. It is her most collaborative work to date, involving, at different stages, artists from the worlds of fashion, design, film, and technology. In reaching back to this Italian Renaissance character ORLAN simultaneously reaches forward into the most pressing of contemporary concerns: How can we be sure of who and what we are? Fabulous Harlequin showcases photographs of ORLAN’s projects along with critical essays on ORLAN’s work.

ORLAN in America: Preface and Acknowledgments
Libre Parole
on Secularism: Preface to The Troubadour of Knowledge
Fashioning Hybridity
ORLAN And The Critique of Multiculturalism
ORLAN And The Terms of Work
Transgression/Transfiguration: A Conversation
ORLAN, Subject Omitted: Attire as Epidermis, Epidermis as Attire
ORLAN, Forerunner of Tendencies
in the Name of ORLAN: Artist as Text
Four Questions to ORLAN
Four Questions to davidelfin
Murcia Installation (plates)
ORLAN Biography
ORLAN Chronology
ORLAN Bibliography
davidelfin Chronology
Contributors
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ISBN: 9780803234758
ISBN-10: 0803234759
Series: Life in Performance
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st October 2010
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 30.5 x 22.9  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.0