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Bratchford, Gary (2012)
Languages: English
Types: Unknown
Subjects: L200, L300, L380, L723, W640
This paper will examine the relationship between Visual Activism and new media technologies in Israel and the Occupied Territories investigating how Palestinian, Israeli and international visual practitioners have engaged in anti-occupation political protest and collective action since the second Palestinian Intifada (2000-present), and specifically from 2004 onwards. My intention is to frame Visual Activism as a tool which draws the addressee into a new critical paradigm of spectatorship; a perspective that contributes to, and enables the development of new political subjectivities via the immediacy of new media technologies. \ud I will focus on the direct action, nonviolent protest group, the Freedom Riders and their use of new media technology to communicate the structural violence imposed upon the Palestinian by the Israeli regime. I will also consider how the village of Bilin and the work of multinational visual activist collective ActiveStills, produce a sustained attention to the occupation, enabling a different type of visibility. Significantly, recent scholarly work by visual theorist David Campbell (2009) writing after the Operation Cast Lead, 2008, brought to question the need for what he called a ‘continuous narrative’ within the Occupied Territories. Campbell called into question the role of military censorship and visual reportage during the bombardment of Gaza, suggesting the ‘conflict’ exacerbated the normal conditions of occupational practices as temporal and exceptional. This paper will highlight the significance of Visual Activism as a tool, which enables activists and visual practitioners to sustain a political visibility across a number of mediums and technologies, addressing the issues raised by David Campbell concerning immediacy.
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