Visual Cultures of Protest: Art and Resistance in South Asia

Anisha Palat, University of Edinburgh, a.palat@sms.ed.ac.uk

Silvia Genovese, University of Edinburgh, s.genovese@sms.ed.ac.uk

From Sheba Chhachhi’s photo-video installation Record/Resist (2012) to the Sahmat collective’s provision of a space for the exchange of ideas against religious intolerance in their community project Slogans for Communal Harmony (1992), visuals and resistance in South Asia appear to be closely intertwined. While these visual reactions may be contemporary examples, the alignment between visual culture and resistance has in fact existed for centuries.

This session focuses on the exchanges between art (paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations, etc.) and resistance in South Asia, exploring the way visual culture is used to put forth alternative understandings of protest and resistance. Through an interdisciplinary approach, building on works in art history and visual anthropology, this session analyses how different visual cultures can be examples of and tools for resistance.

Information about the speakers and papers on this panel will be posted shortly.

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