Traumatised topologies: an exMINtion of map art and the revealed psychic subjectivities of war trauma and states of alienation

Chiew, Elaine Peck Leng (2017) Traumatised topologies: an exMINtion of map art and the revealed psychic subjectivities of war trauma and states of alienation. Masters thesis, Lasalle college of the arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Traumatised topologies: an exMINtion of map art and the revealed psychic subjectivities of war trauma and states of alienation
Synopsis:

This thesis examines certain map art and mapping projects by Tiffany Chung, Tintin Wulia and MAP Office within a framework called “traumatised topologies” and shows how these three artists counter-map by layering onto their map art specific psychic “subjectivities” related to two geographical constructs: (1) war-related trauma as experienced by survivors as depicted within war-torn topologies and battle zones of the Vietnam War; and (2) “states of alienation” as experienced by the Vietnamese refugee, the Filipino migrant worker and the Hong Kong resident whose political future is uncertain as depicted within the idea of Hong Kong as a “border” construct. These various psychic subjectivities are shown to yield specific geographical-art understandings concerning: (1) the nature of trauma for the survivor, opening up an affective empathic pathway for the spectator who encounters map art depicting trauma; and (2) illustrate from three different perspectives the sense of being “unhomed” and its influence on claims of belonging, territorialisation and identity as they relate to Hong Kong as “border.”

Subjects: Art History
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2018 09:54
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2018 09:54
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/548
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