Tiziana Terranova, Michaela Quadraro

Visual Culture and Racism: politics of representation and affect from Isaac Julien and Wafaa Bilal

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Keywords: visual culture, race, representation, affect, digital media, new media, social web, museum, postcolonial art.

The essay focuses on theoretical reflections and aesthetic practices mapping possible strategies of resistance against racialized visual regimes of power and communication. In particular, the essay draws on the Black British film-maker Isaac Julien's multi-screen museum installation Western Union: Small Boats (2007) and on the interactive online media performance by Iraqi-American artist Wafaa Bilal Domestic Tension (2007) as occasions to discuss the complex co-evolution of such racialized visual regimes and cultural and artistic practices of resistance.

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