Global Visual Politics


Tommaso Durante

The Global Visual Politics is a digital media archive that collects visual images related to a broad range of political themes, such as protest, peace, violence, religion and gender. In accepting the methodological challenges and the symbolic power of the visual, the archive addresses the images as political theory. A case study in itself, the project aims to investigate how visual images respond to global political events and to what extent political images displayed in their own right contribute to the emergence of a global visual culture, under present conditions. Through a theoretical and empirical discussion, the project addresses the following research questions: “Do visual images produce theory?”; “What is the symbolic power of an image?”; “Do images have power, or are we giving power to images?”; “How do visual images respond to global political events and how do they shape them?”






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