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Woman (Un)Equals Man

Women’s Dress in Politics When we look at pictures in the context of politics, we tend to see stately rooms or backdrops and serious-looking men. The photographs evoke thoughts about policies, power, representation – in short, politics. They hardly make us think about something else all those pictures have in common, something so glaringly obvious […]

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Defining Queen Rania’s Target Audience

Her majesty’s visual communication strategies attempt at intersecting pre-enlightenment with post-modernity, the souverain kingdom state with late capitalist conglomerates, feudalism with humanitarianism. Are they succeeding? Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan’s brand (this is a keyword) has always been universality and a championing of global progressivism. In dissecting the queen’s cyber activism and […]

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Powerful Snapshot

The Relationship between Police and Media Police and media reporting are in a tense relationship with each other, and not just since press photos of so-called “Querdenker“ demonstrations have generated media attention. Since April 2020, demonstrations against government action to contain the COVID-19 pandemic have taken place in many cities. Misinformation is frequently spread here. […]

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The People Who Left, Just To Be Left Behind

How Politics are represented in Illustrations Moria – a refugee camp that has been on everyone’s lips in Europe. It was supposed to be a shelter to 3,000 refugees; instead, there were 13,000.1 After the camp burned down, the conditions for the refugees were, least to say, inhumane. They were left without food, water (which was […]

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Men’s Club

Why Politics Cannot Get Rid of Male Dominance Images have power and they function as important means of communication. They convey values and norms and have the potential to influence our views and attitudes, therefore they have to be considered as complex socio-political sources. Thus, the use of visual representations has always been common to […]

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Making her Angelic

Of Imaginary Spheres in Breonna Taylor’s Case On the 13th of March 2020, Breonna Taylor, an unarmed black woman, was shot to death in the middle of the night by police officers in Kentucky, USA. After police entered her home with a so-called no-knock warrant and the fatal bullets hit Taylor, she received no medical […]

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

The Insufficient Visual Representation of Deportation in German Media Alan Kurdi, rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean Sea, the burning Moria camp: These images have violently penetrated our memory, and not by chance. The omnipresent media images have become immaterial mental images1 due to their iconic nature. They are supposed to create awareness of the humanitarian […]

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A Rare Image of the German Chancellor

Emotions in Images – When Rationality No Longer Works Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. Germany is facing an increasing number of new Covid-19 infections. Even worse, the country is recording a disturbing record of daily deaths. Chancellor Angela Merkel appeals to the public as well as the elected officials with an emotional speech to further tighten […]

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Why Images Matter

Kamala Harris’ victory speech as vice-president-elect in the 2020 American presidential election How would things change if we were to treat images not merely as illustrations or representations but as political forces themselves?1 – Whether we treat them as such or not, images might still be political protagonists without us even realising. In this essay […]