Tracey Rose, Lolita, 2001_ISANG Collection

- Tracey Rose was born in Durban, South Africa. Her work typically reflects on cultural and political dynamics effecting identity formation in contemporary society. Lolita is the title of Vladimir Nabokov’s classic novel. The story of a middle aged professor obsessed with a twelve year old girl with whom he becomes sexually involved. In today’s terms the professor might be referred to as a ‘Blesser’, a man who offers financial support to a younger female companion in exchange for sex. The novel articulates the abuse of power and human fragilities, a metaphor or consequence of capitalist society. By inserting her body into this narrative, Rose controls her own subjectivity while directly challenging feminine archetypes and the patriarchal gaze.