Female Photographic Representations in the Post-Ottoman Landscape The Female Body as a Battleground of Imperialisms and Nationalisms

Aikaterini Gegisian

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    Abstract

    Taking as a starting point the photographic installation Self-Portrait as an Ottoman Woman (2012 – ongoing)1 the paper explores colonial, nationalist and gendered photographic representations in the post-Ottoman landscape, particularly focusing on a personal collection of postcards featuring women in traditional dress and national costumes. The paper examines how the postcard as tourist imagery is linked to complex processes in the production and consumption of photography related to Orientalist practices, Ottoman Imperialism and various nation-building processes. Considering how the collection of postcards problematises the historical accuracy of the female representations, the paper argues that alluding to the idea of the “Ottoman woman” constructs a collective space of belonging for a series of conflicting and oppositional social, ethnic and religious positions. This emphasis on the instability of gender representations in Self-Portrait as an Ottoman Woman becomes the motor in foregrounding the fluid and hybrid nature of identity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages293-305
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventExhibition East and West: Visualising the Ottoman City - Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck College, London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 6 Jun 201430 Jun 2014

    Exhibition

    ExhibitionExhibition East and West: Visualising the Ottoman City
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityLondon
    Period6/06/1430/06/14

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    Gegisian, A. (2015). Female Photographic Representations in the Post-Ottoman Landscape The Female Body as a Battleground of Imperialisms and Nationalisms. 293-305. Paper presented at Exhibition East and West: Visualising the Ottoman City, London, United Kingdom.