What Does it Mean to be a Post Colonial Feminist? The Artwork of Mithu Sen


Chatterjee, Sushmita. 2016. “What Does It Mean to Be a Post Colonial Feminist? The Artwork of Mithu Sen.” Hypatia 31 (1): 1–19.

Author: Sushmita Chatterjee


This article examines what the work of New Delhi-based artist Mithu Sen brings to thinking about being a postcolonial feminist. Using images from Sen’s solo exhibit in New Delhi and New York titled Half Full (2007), I theorize on the complexities that proliferate when think- ing about postcolonial feminism. Sen’s images play with “an” identity to showcase the hybrid and mobile configuration of postcolonial subjectivity. Sen’s provocative aesthetic urges us to rethink defining a set of conditions or tenets for postcolonial feminism. Rather, her aesthetic politics propels through humor and provides a prism to constantly reimagine postcolonial fem- inist subjectivity by urging a consideration of maps that intersect and overlap.

Topics: Coloniality/Post-Coloniality, Feminisms, Gender, Women

Year: 2016

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