I AM AN ARTIST, I AM HERE
Text: excerpt “The Mountain as Metaphor: Exclusion Anonymity and Invisibility of the Migrant Artist Woman” (LANTYER, 2021)
The migrant artist's journey in her quest for internationalization involves a set of obstacles that can lead to invisibility, exclusion and oblivion. Part of a system of class privilege accessed only by a minority, such obstacles can compromise the development of her practice and, eventually, her very existence as an artist.
French philosopher Pierre Bourdieu's thesis on symbolic capital and social destiny helps to frame the “failure” or “deviation” of the migrant artist. Regardless, immigration is a field permeated by exclusions and failures of all types and those from geopolitically peripheral countries are particularly excluded. The problem takes on more dramatic contours when considering the issue of gender and the persistent inequality between men and women, also in the world of art.
* Master thesis in Fine Arts Intermedia, FBAUP, Portugal
Master-thesis defense exhibition
Galeria Cozinha FBAUP, 2021.