The People Are Not an Image - Vernacular Video after the Arab Spring

Author(s): Peter Snowdon

art theory | critical theory

The wave of uprisings and revolutions that swept the Middle East and North Africa between 2010 and 2012 were most vividly transmitted throughout the world not by television or even social media, but in short videos produced by the participants themselves and circulated anonymously on the internet. In The People Are Not An Image, Snowdon explores this radical shift in revolutionary self-representation, showing that the political consequences of these videos cannot be located without reference to their aesthetic form. Looking at videos from Tunisia, Bahrain, Syria, Libya, and Egypt, Snowdon attends closely to the circumstances of both their production and circulation, drawing on a wide range of historical and theoretical material, to discover what they can tell us about the potential for revolution in our time and the possibilities of video as a genuinely decentralized and vernacular medium.


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General Fields

  • : 9781788733168
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Verso Trade
  • : September 2020
  • : November 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Peter Snowdon
  • : Hardback
  • : 288