Discipline the City Chapbook: Issue 04 – Fat Shame


“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?”

Issue 04 features an essay by Joel Tan that explores 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.

The book also features portraits of the author in drag by Crispian Chan.

Launched in conjunction with the Substation’s Discipline the City activities is a series of chapbooks that provide diverse responses to the theme. Edited by Adeline Chia, Associate Editor of Art Review Asia, 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.

Issues were released monthly from May – September 2017.

3 in stock

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BY Joel Tan
COUNTRY Singapore
YEAR 2017
DETAILS Softcover, 23pp

14.6 cm x 12.8 cm

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