Queering Desire / Querying Consumption: Rereading Visual Images of 'Lesbian' Desire in Lisa Cholodenko's <i>High Art </i>
Keywords:Lisa Cholodenko, High Art, film, spectatorship, identity politics, lesbians in film, counter-heteronormative narratives
AbstractIn this paper we use Elizabeth GroszÃ¢â¬â¢s notion of becomings to argue that Lisa CholodenkoÃ¢â¬â¢s film, High Art, offers visual representations of desiring bodies that challenge heteronormativity and identity-based politics. We illustrate how the film turns in on itself and brings to the forefront questions about spectatorship, pleasure, and desire, thereby commenting on how the politics of visual representation are always fraught with contradictions and complexities. Ultimately, we argue that the self-referentiality of High Art draws spectators into spaces where the Ã¢â¬ËpositiveÃ¢â¬â¢ pleasure of easily consuming cinematic images is thrown into relief.
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