Visual Solidarities: Crossing borders in aesthetic practices

Session Convenors

Mary Ikoniadou, Manchester Metropolitan University,

Zeina Maasri, University of Brighton,

Session Abstract

In this session, we propose to expand art historical and visual fields of enquiry by examining the often side-lined, post-1945 histories, trajectories and methodologies of visual production and circulation that express and constitute relations of solidarity. We suggest that in solidarity with different peoples’ struggles there is a sense of border-crossing from self to other and towards a shared space of politics that potentially challenges stable identities and fixed localities.

This session focuses particularly on the agency of the visual in generating, expressing and understanding solidarity. Engaging with the concept of solidarity in the visual field allows us to explore the particular affective and symbolic capabilities of image production as manifested in and through connections that bridge across diverse cultural, geographical and media-specific boundaries. From processes of decolonisation and the emergence of the Cold War to today’s global conflicts, this period offers a rich terrain on which to explore visual manifestations of friendship and solidarity, cutting across hegemonic world orders. Visual solidarities do not just require inclusion in a world map of artistic production; crucially, such visual practices and cultures challenge conceptual frontiers in the field and allow us to imagine and/or shape its future.

We invite case studies and critical theories that discuss relationships of affinity, solidarity, friendship and/or activist collaboration, which engage in multi/inter/trans-disciplinary aesthetic practices and/or precipitate in different modes of artistic production, circulation and migrations, or which determinedly transgress geographic, national, cultural and disciplinary borders in, and through, the visual.

To offer a paper
Please email your paper proposal direct to the session convenors, details above.

Provide a title and abstract (250 words maximum) for a 25-minute paper (unless otherwise specified), your name and institutional affiliation (if any).

Please make sure the title is concise and reflects the contents of the paper because it will appear online, in social media and in the printed programme.

You should receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your submission within two weeks from the session convenors.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 5 November 2018

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