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Title: Representation, Victimization or Identification. Negotiating Power and Powerlessness in Art on Migration
Authors: Berggren, Erik
Keywords: Migration
Identification
Representation
Victims
Powerlessness
Issue Date: 2019
Citation: Berggren, E. (2019). Representation, Victimization or Identification. Negotiating Power and Powerlessness in Art on Migration. Journal of Mediterranean Knowledge-JMK, 4(2), 113-136. DOI: 10.26409/2019JMK4.2.09
Abstract: A commonplace idea, and worry, in much political art is the emphasis on not to victimize the object/subject in artistic strategies, and to portray people as subjects with agency. And the way to do this is to allow for identification. This article asks if this strong idea might be shaped by an ameliorating guilt for victims, which in turn is partially informed by an inability to free the gaze from a hegemonic view of people as agents. Instead the article looks at some contemporary artists who surface an opposite recognition, the radical lack of power for large groups within the global migration system, without attempts at temporary symbolic solutions. It will be argued that ththe recognition of powerlessness is and has always been a ground for political as well as artistic representation, mobilisation and solidarity.
URI: http://www.mediterraneanknowledge.org/publications/index.php/journal/issue/archive
http://elea.unisa.it:8080/xmlui/handle/10556/4131
http://dx.doi.org/10.26409/2019JMK4.2.09
http://dx.doi.org/10.14273/unisa-2340
ISSN: 2499-930X
Appears in Collections:Vol 4, No 2 (2019): Artistic Strategies of Migration: Art as a Resistance or as a Reinsurance?

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