Noting that “Fat is a compelling subject for Live Artists but fat Live Art remains quite hard to find“, this Study Room Guide by the writer, activist, artist, psychotherapist and cultural critic Charlotte Cooper attends to a lack of resources and visibility around fat in Live Art. Seeking out ‘tantalising glimpses’ of fat within LADA’s Study Room collection, and drawing on theories of the queer gaze in cinematic histories, Charlotte’s guide offers a new lens for locating fat in Live Art. It is an invaluable for anyone interested in fat, queerness, feminism and bodies.Read 'Tantalising Glimpses'
Fat, especially the fat queer feminist thinking that I am grounded in, is a fringe discourse. By this I mean that it's obscure, most people don't know about it, it's easy to overlook as trivial. Fat is all about eating and exercise or 'loving your curves,' it's boring, a flimsy subject for deluded people, it's unhealthy and shouldn't be encouraged, there's nothing new to say about it. If you think this, you are wrong and I am about to set you right and explain why you might not have thought about this until now.
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‘Spitting on the BMI Chart’, Fattylympics, 2012. Image by Matthew See.
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