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The Aesthetics of Rule and Resistance
Analyzing Political Street Art in Latin America
322 pages, 82 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-149-3 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (March 2022)
eISBN 978-1-80073-150-9 eBook Not Yet Published
“This book will be an important intervention into the study of street art in particular, and of public art and artistic activism in general. The author approaches the subject with the rare combination of a scholar’s critical intellect and an artist’s aesthetic eye.” • Stephen Duncombe, New York University
“An excellent book that captures the agency of street art interventions. The clear and innovative research methods represent a significant step forward in visual methodology, offering a lucid account of how to understand visual communication.” • Aidan McGarry, Loughborough University
Effective visual communication has become an essential strategy for grassroots political activists, who use images to publicly express resistance and make their claims visible in the struggle for political power. However, this “aesthetics of resistance” is also employed by political and economic elites for their own purposes, making it increasingly difficult to distinguish from the “aesthetics of rule.” Through illuminating case studies of street art in Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Caracas, and Mexico City, The Aesthetics of Rule and Resistance explores the visual strategies of persuasion and meaning-making employed by both rulers and resisters to foster self-legitimization, identification, and mobilization.
Lisa Bogerts is a Berlin-based political scientist, researcher, and editor. Her work focuses on political conflict and protest, visual communication, artistic activism, and power relations.
Subject: History: 20th Century to Present Urban Studies Cultural Studies (General)
Area: Latin America and the Caribbean
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