How Do the Works of Yasumasa Morimura, Julie Rrap and Anne Zahalka Challenge Conventional Ways in Which Gender Has Been Depicted Historically in the Visual Arts?

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Structured Essay
Examine selected artworks by:
Yasumasa Morimura, Julie Rrap and Anne Zahalka. How do the works of Yasumasa Morimura, Julie Rrap and Anne Zahalka challenge conventional ways in which gender has been depicted historically in the visual arts? In your response select at least two different artists and discuss the following: * Through the postmodern frame of reference, explain how artists have appropriated historical artworks. How has the artist incorporated parody and wit into the work? In what way has the artist questioned the values implied in the original artwork? * Explain ways in which the artist has become the subject of the work. What issues does this raise about the, role of the artist, Subject
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Julie Rrap’s reproduction challenges the traditional conventions of the female identity and body established throughout history, by substituting herself into the work she transforms the viewer from being a casual analyser of the ‘Great Masters’ to a perverted individual. Rrap mimics the position of the girl subject in Puberty yet her means of production through photography not only cause a rift in the authenticity of artworks, but also reveal the arrogant exploitation of the female form in established historical pieces. She accomplishes this pastiche through the Postmodern processes of humour, appropriation and the de-naturalizing of a being; she presents sexual identity as something which is constructed rather than natural (the use of panels in her work display to us the reconstruction of Munch’s work).
"The camera immediately removes you in a funny sense…You become a witness to everything, even yourself if you train it on yourself. It’s like, 'Stop the experience, wait while I record it'. It cuts me off from the world. So I'm not a photographer in that sense. It's more I use photography to have a discussion about the effect of an image on us." (Rrap 2007)
Anne Zahalka is one of the most prominent Australian contemporary artists attributed to Australian postmodernism in the 1980s; her generalisations are associated with the Australian and European culture through the aspect of gender. She tests the margins separating documentary photography and theatrical artifice.

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