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2019-10-16 Alison J Carr

Alison J Carr studied photography and media at the California Institute of Arts, absorbing both the critical dialogue and the lure of the Hollywood facade. Following her sojourn in Los Angeles she returned to England, and in 2013 was awarded a PhD in Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University. As an artist and scholar Carr disrupts the constant stream of advertising images of women we are surrounded by, which reiterate the connection between perfection and commodification. In her work she reframes the female body as imperfect, glamorous, and located in contexts of radical thought and disruptive intentions, where excess is not about consumption but pleasure. She reimagines the frivolity of entertainment, and asks if it can rupture our cultural conditioning towards neoliberal individuality. Her book, Viewing Pleasure and Being a Showgirl: How Do I Look? was published by Routledge in 2018.