Immaterial discomforts: Antonieta Sosa, from the Body to the Void

Nathalie Bouzaglo*

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This article explores the work of Venezuelan performance artist Antonieta Sosa as matter organized outside the logics of the market and consumerism, matter that protests the commercialization of life and art as well as the technologies of biopower. Sosa gives a body to an "inapprehensible" dimension, where the material and immaterial coexist in a liminal space that responds to the hostility of biopolitics and the depoliticization of art. In this dimension, Sosa seems to dismantle what might be the most irreducible space of performance: the body.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-176
Number of pages19
JournalText and Performance Quarterly
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015


  • Antonieta Sosa
  • Immateriality
  • Materiality
  • Performance
  • Venezuelan art

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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