To what extent do the visual arts use satire when addressing representations of otherness? Through an examination of various historical and contemporary works, this talk explores how analogy, allegory, duality, humour, irony and an ethical point of view reflect, in a satirical way, the representation of alterity, or otherness, in the visual arts — whether in drawings, engravings, installations, public art, performances, and more.
The discussion begins with reference to a number of famous political cartoons by historical Canadian artists Henri Julien and Albéric Bourgeois. Issues of satire and alterity will also be explored in relation to public art projects featured in London as part of the Fourth Plinth series in Trafalgar Square — Alison Lapper Pregnant (Marc Quinn, 2005) and Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle (Yinka Shonibare MBE RA, 2010) — before looking at more recent works making a mark in today’s art world.
In French with simultaneous English interpretation
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