The Chthulu and the Final Girl

 
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…Drum is interested in the centrality of the issues of gender and power in slasher horror films: perceived transgressions against traditional morality especially by women can cause characters’ downfalls but equally it is often the final girl who emerges alive and victorious at the end of the film. Drum’s goal is to explore how the horror genre normalizes and/or challenges hierarchies of physical and psychological dominance. The writings of theorist Donna Haraway have also influenced Drum. Haraway used the term Chthulucene to describe the Anthropocene – the epoch when human activities significantly and globally impact the Earth. Haraway’s use of Chthulucene is complex. It is not an homage to the early 20th century American science fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft’s misogynist and racist monster, the Cthulhu. Rather, it references a diverse group of female divinities, powers and forces from around the world. Haraway uses the idea of a giant and powerful Feminist science and science fiction to re-think, retell and re-world our possible future.
– Sara Cochran, Director and Chief Curator, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona; text written for exhibition Push Comes to Shove: Women and Power 2016

 

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