Caroline St-Laurent Women Performing ARTS + SPORTS Femmes en performance, performance, 2021.
Photo : Vanessa Fortin

Regarding sport as an expression of culture and as holding a distorted mirror up to patriarchal society, Caroline St-Laurent uses her feminist practice to engage with the body as a critical vector in the cult of performance and as fertile ground for reflection on how multiple systems of oppression overlap. Through demanding performances requiring sustained effort and military precision from St-Laurent and her collaborators (often athletes themselves), the former gymnast shines a light on how the body is subjugated to the devices — material, discursive, technological, and institutional — behind sport, but also on the agency and empowerment that sport can generate when it is re-appropriated by women and marginalized people.

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This article also appears in the issue 103 - Sportification

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