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January 2021: A Commented Excerpt of Happenings

The following selection of pictures has been curated by the foreign correspondence. It is not to suggest a hierarchy or impose special importance on specific topics, individuals or geographical regions. Rather, the selection documents and reflects internal conversations about image making and the ability of images to create certain narratives we have led in this […]

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The Power of Images in the Case of Kavala

Osman Kavala is in prison for more than 1100 days We all know hashtags and portraits of public figures who ended up in prison innocently. We know their names: Julian Assange, Deniz Yücel, Alexei Navalny, Nassima al-Sada, and we know their faces. Why is that? This essay focuses on the case of Osman Kavala and […]

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Through the White Savior’s Eyes

Why Aid Agencies Should Change the Perspective of Storytelling to Avoid White Saviorism “Join me in finding a way to give back, whether it’s with your time, your words or a small donation. I think it will bring you some peace”. This is part of the description of three images Hollywood actor Gerard Butler published […]

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Aspects of the COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Can Be Explained With Foucault

How Does Racism in the Medical System Affect Attitudes towards Vaccinations? The newly elected president Joseph R. Biden Junior has called for an expansion in vaccinations against COVID-19 detailing his efforts to vaccinate 100 million US-Americans in his first 100 days.1 But before Biden was able to start with his ambitious plan, vaccinations were already […]

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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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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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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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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 […]