Somatic soldier: embodiment and the aesthetic of absence and presence

Bolatagici, Torika 2016, Somatic soldier: embodiment and the aesthetic of absence and presence, Critical military studies, vol. 2, no. 1-2, pp. 125-132, doi: 10.1080/23337486.2016.1139315.

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Title Somatic soldier: embodiment and the aesthetic of absence and presence
Author(s) Bolatagici, TorikaORCID iD for Bolatagici, Torika
Journal name Critical military studies
Volume number 2
Issue number 1-2
Start page 125
End page 132
Total pages 8
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 2333-7486
Keyword(s) fiji
visual art
Summary The lived experience of the soldier has long been the subject of artistic inquiry and scholarly analysis. In this paper I reflect on my own art practice and research into Fijian military embodiment and the ways that Fijian soldiers and private security workers negotiate a liminal space between embodied indigenous knowledge (presence) and somaesthetic military practice (absence). As Maltby and Thornham (2012, 37) explain, “the dual articulation of the body constructs multiple understandings of it as simulta- neously lived and imagined, public and private, present and absent, experienced and represented”. I broaden these ideas around visibility/invisibility and the absence and presence of the military body through an analysis of key works by contemporary artists Lisa Barnard and Suzanne Opton.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/23337486.2016.1139315
Field of Research 190104 Visual Cultures
Socio Economic Objective 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Informa UK
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