Annah, Infinite and Ablenormativity As Imperial Duress: Relations, Assumptions, Power and Abuse in Cripping Annah la Javanaise

Barokka, Khairani. 2020. Annah, Infinite and Ablenormativity As Imperial Duress: Relations, Assumptions, Power and Abuse in Cripping Annah la Javanaise. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

No full text available
[img] Text (Annah, Infinite and Ablenormativity As Imperial Duress: Relations, Assumptions, Power and Abuse in Cripping Annah la Javanaise)
VIS_thesis_BarokkaK_2020.pdf - Accepted Version
Permissions: Administrator Access Only until 31 January 2023.
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (26MB)

Abstract or Description

In delving into how inconsistently Annah, the young subject of Paul Gauguin’s painting Annah la Javanaise (c. 1893-4), is written about in terms of historical facts, this work queries assumptions of ablenormativity in narratives surrounding them. This multidisciplinary thesis presents scenarios in visual art and creative writing, with artistic process-as-research as primary methodology, presenting Annah outside of their usual context, and as a pained body—prefaced by how such ‘unreliable’ narratives echo the jumble of statements surrounding them; in turn using inconsistent, sometimes clashing ‘facts’ about Annah in these narratives, in order to negate the potential violence of declaring one truth for them, emphasising the liminality of information—in order to explicate what norms these portrayals rupture. Drawing from and linking the work of Sara Ahmed (2002, 2004, 2013), Yasmin Gunaratnam (2013), disability and chronic pain scholars such as Alison Kafer (2013) and Alyson Patsavas (2014), Indonesian feminist and disability scholarship such as Slamet Amex Thohari’s (2013) work, and Ann Laura Stoler’s (1995, 2016) theories, particularly in augmenting the latter’s work on colonial Southeast Asia and imperial duress, this thesis places into relief the functions of compulsory ablenormativity regarding certain young, brown girls of supposed Southeast Asian descent. It exposes how elements of white supremacy and of patriarchy are linked to such ablenormative visual assumptions, and the real, often devastating effects such interpretations have on Southeast Asian women and girls today: ablenormativity, in interpretations of visual culture, as imperial duress. It argues for (a) decolonial, pained-aware readings, and (b) soulbody readings as methods of dismantling the affect structures of imperial duress.

Item Type:

Thesis (Doctoral)

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.25602/GOLD.00028324

Keywords:

Disability, ableism, decolonial, coloniality, Annah la Javanaise, cripping, queer studies, visual cultures, pain studies, art, affect studies, abuse, Indonesia, feminism, art market, Primitivism, Gauguin

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Visual Cultures

Date:

31 January 2020

Item ID:

28324

Date Deposited:

06 Apr 2020 16:38

Last Modified:

06 Apr 2020 17:37

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/28324

View statistics for this item...

Edit Record Edit Record (login required)