Representation and Visual Politics of the Extreme Body

Zhou Xian


The beautiful human body has perennially occupied a central space in art. Both art and aesthetics maintain the beauty of the human body as the focal point of artistic expression and philosophical thought. However, modern art has thoroughly overturned the idea of the beautiful body and the aesthetic principles of its expression, creating a completely new form of representing the body—the extreme body. The extreme body has become a mainstream image eagerly embraced by modern artists. Transgressed representations, visual discomfort, and the body becoming a goal in and of itself, has dramatically altered the paradigm of the body in modern art.


body, beautiful body, extreme body, modern art, aesthetics

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The Journal of Somaesthetics is published in association with the Research Program in Body, Art & Technology at Aalborg University (Denmark) and the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University. It is published by Aalborg University Press with the generous support of The Obel Family Foundation and Schmidt Family Foundation.

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