Markela Panegyres Plus

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My creative practice explores the capacity of live performance and performance video to engage with a range of issues pertaining to the experience and psychological effects of trauma. I aim to confront and problematize the slippages of meaning that occur during the representation and/or expression of trauma in performance: the expression of certain psychological symptoms and excessive emotional states relating to trauma can be real and innate or alternatively theatricalised, aestheticized constructions. Drawing from personal experience, I develop performative acts that are either directly mediated into video format or performed live. I frequently assume a variety of personae or avatars in this process. It is important to emphasise that although my work is largely autobiographical, it is not art therapy; rather, it is a critical and rigorous self-analytical process that attends to the realm of the aesthetic and is underpinned by major historical, theoretical, and psychoanalytical contours.

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