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The Global and the IntimateFeminism in Our Time$
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Victoria Rosner and Geraldine Pratt

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231154499

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231154499.001.0001

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Intimacy Across Divisions

(p.119) 5 Facing
The Global and the Intimate

Mieke Bal

Columbia University Press

In this chapter, the author explores how the intimate emerges through the face and speaks across unbridgeable gaps. Drawing on his multiple-channel video installation Nothing Is Missing, the author addresses the encounter with faces as negotiated universality as well as the tension between intimacy and the consequences of globalization. He also uses the combination of motherhood and migration to reflect on the confrontation between globalization and intimacy against the backdrop of a nonoppositional binary of singularity and universality. Through a discussion of Nothing Is Missing, the author examines the meanings of the act of facing as they relate to intimacy on terms that allow for the strategic use of universalism (“motherhood”) as well as for the foregrounding of differences (“migration”).

Keywords:   face, video installation, Nothing Is Missing, intimacy, globalization, motherhood, migration, singularity, facing, universalism

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