Implications of Performance, Site, and Dialogue in Abdulnasser Gharem’s Social Practice Artworks

  • Author / Creator
    Hilden, Tracey M
  • In this thesis, I explore the artworks of Abdulnasser Gharem and situate them within the genre of social practice. I isolate three features to examine in conjunction with Gharem’s works. My first chapter draws on performance scholar Shannon Jackson’s theories to address the roles of support and spectacle in creating social artworks. Secondly, I address concepts of site-specificity as put forth by academic Miwon Kwon to examine the importance and multiplicity of site. Finally, my last chapter looks at dialogic art as explicated by professor and researcher Grant Kester to unfold the role of dialogue in socially engaged artworks. These three components of performance, site-specificity, and dialogue contribute to enhancing community life which Gharem strives to undertake through his artworks.

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    Spring 2014
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    Master of Arts
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