Challenging Identities

Andrews, Jorella G.. 2018. 'Challenging Identities'. In: Ways of Seeing 2018: Identities, Art and Architecture. National Gallery, London, United Kingdom 24 November 2018. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Aimed at A Level History of Art students, this lecture evaluated the histories and impacts of identity politics and the politics of representation within the arts and, referencing an text I wrote in 2006 for Arts Council England entitled 'Losing Labels and Liking It', I challenged the dominant modes (race, gender, sexuality, etc) according to which we are conventionally expected to define ourselves. Then, drawing on the fact that the 'Ways of Seeing' conference being based at the National Gallery, I used the Raphael's painting of Saint Catherine of Alexandria (painted in about 1507) to investigate an approach to identity through a now generally outmoded, classical notion, that of of fortitude (or courage) - one of the four so-called cardinal virtues of Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)


Losing labels, identity, identity politics, art, fortitude, cardinal virtues

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Visual Cultures


24 November 2018Completed

Event Location:

National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Date range:

24 November 2018

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Date Deposited:

08 Jan 2019 16:35

Last Modified:

30 Apr 2021 13:06


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