IFK – Abteilung Visuelle Kultur
This lecture provides insights into iconisation of social movement images and visual activism with a focus on diversity. Photographs and illustrations disseminated in digital media depict and call for collective action. Despite the abundance of images during the peak times of protests, only some of them gain popularity and grow into protest icons after a remediation process that allows for manipulated, stylised, and cartoonised versions. At the same time, these images participate in and negotiate politics of (in)visibility. This way, not only do they seek to recruit more people to the protest by emphasising the power of everybody figures, but they also bring forward the invisible and the neglected. The lecture presents part of the outcomes of a comparative visual study on Turkish social movements. Focusing on images of the 2013 Gezi Movement and the 2016 Anti-Coup Resistance, it opens up a discussion on displaying diversity icons in relation to political variety of visual activism.
M. Ragip Zik
Erec Gellautz (erec [dot] gellautz [at] aau [dot] at)