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Living Adoptic (abstract)

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Based on my living experience as a transracial international adoptee born in the U.S. who grew up in Italy, and has now moved back to the birth country, this paper establishes and explores the adoptic state: the interstitial state/space between the native and the receiving country in which most international adoptees inhabit.
The 5th International Conference on Adoption Research (ICAR5)
Aotearoa New Zealand
7-11 January 2016
Auckland University of Technology
Auckland City Campus
Monday 11th January, 11.30am -12.30pm
Paper Session P19: Dualities of Living and Researching Adoption
[Room WG701-702]
Living adoptic
Alessia Petrolito, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA
The paper will look at the conjunction between the adoption of black American
babies and the diaspora by applying a visual and critical studies lens to
adoption literature and postcolonial theory. Based on my living experience as
a transracial international adoptee born in the U.S. who grew up in Italy, and
has now moved back to the birth country, this paper establishes and explores
the adoptic state: the interstitial state/space between the native and the
receiving country in which most international adoptees inhabit.
My adoption experience has always been the foundation of my artistic
practice, for I believe the proliferation of adult adoptees' visual arts
explorations (film, documentary, photography, writing etc.) to be a visual
phenomenon that deserves an artistic academic research wing in the adoption
literature.
The study aims to:
Enrich the adoption language
Expose and study the black adoptee's foreign body in U.S.A
Open the possibility for adult adoptees as art scholars, researchers and
practitioners to intervene and focus on adoption literature from the visual
arts and particularly from the visual and critical studies prospective
Contribute and establish Post (post)-Adoption Theory research and
practice
Study method: lnfographic/ldeographic. The use of diagrams and
metaphors as filters to map, translate, and juxtapose adoption
conflicts (identity, nationality, ethnicity, language and culture).
What the audience should learn, gain from this study:
A transnational look at the international and transracial adoptees'
experiences
Emphasize that the inclusion of adult adoptees' visual arts
explorations and artistic academic research are needed for adoption
literature
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