"Every act of discipline creates the conditions for its counter-act of resistance. So how can the fat body resist? How can it tear through the layers of power, acculturation and repression that wrap around it, to confront the ideologies that render it abject and abhorrent? How can the fat body find something for itself other than shame and exclusion?"
Fat Shame continues the Chapbook series's unpacking of ideas of discipline and space through the lens of bodily shame. The locations for the book drop speak to the ideas covered in the essay, by Joel Tan, and explore the fixation by contemporary culture on fat as an object of shame, the mythic connection between the body and citizenship and the possibilities for resistance. Retailing for $10 at The Substation, the book also features photography by Crispian Chan.
This is Chapbook 4 of 6. Launched in conjunction with Discipline the City activities is a the Chapbook series provides diverse responses to the theme. The series is edited by Adeline Chia, Associate Editor of Art Review Asia, and formats range from essays to photography and illustrations. Content includes topics as specialised as the architectural and urban planning aspects of spatial organisation, to the cultural and social aspects of discipline, such as how bodies and sexualities are policed.
For two weekends in September, The Substation will be dropping off copies of The Substation publication, Fat Shame, across different locales in the city. For more information on the exact dates, times and locations of the book drops, click on the event website provided below.
VENUE: The Substation
ADDRESS: 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936
EVENT WEBSITE: Facebook
DATE AND TIME
30 Sep 2017, 11am onwards