Burning Images: Performing Effigies As Political Protest

Burning Images: Performing Effigies As Political Protest


Florian Göttke (UvA)

link: Burning Images Project Page
supervisors: Frank van Vree (UvA), Mia Lerm-Hayes (UvA), Gabrielle Schleijpen (DAI)
How does this archaic form of protest, performed with and on images, function in the context of contemporary globalized news media? Starting with visual forms of research, namely collecting, close reading, and image montage, the research leads into areas where anthropology, performance studies, iconology, philosophy and political theory overlap. Investigated are the roots, histories, and expressions of the practice in contemporary political conflicts as well as the characteristics, aesthetics, and effects of the practice on the social and political formations of the involved communities. The dissertation will consist of two discursive narratives that complement each other: a largely linear text and a spatial montages of images with its own non-linear logic.
partners: Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem


9 November 2016: The day after he was elected president, protesters burned an effigy of Donald Trump in Los Angeles. (photo: CNN)