VISUAL ACTIVISM, a symposium

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 9:00am to Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 6:00am

A symposium exploring the relationship between visual culture and activist practices

Art can take the form of political and social activism, and activism often takes on specific, and sometimes surprising, visual forms. How is our broader visual culture shaped by activist practices that circulate in public space? How can we better understand forms of communication that take place under threat of war, revolution, or repression? What strategies can be deployed to transform our engagement with the built environment and broader ecologies? How do embedded social hegemonies, such as racism, figure in the larger efforts to engage with activism visually?

Scholars, artists, and activists address these and related questions in a series of presentations, performances, and interactive projects.


Teddy Cruz, professor of public culture and urbanism, Visual Arts Department, UC San Diego (UCSD); director, UCSD Center for Urban Ecologies; co-director, UCSD-Blum Cross-Border Initiative; and co-director, Civic Innovation Lab, City of San Diego

Gayatri Gopinath, associate professor of social and cultural analysis and director of Asian/Pacific/American studies, New York University

Trinh T. Minh- ha, filmmaker, writer, composer, and professor of gender and women's studies and rhetoric, UC Berkeley

Carlos Motta, artist

Zanele Muholi, artist and activist

Favianna Rodriguez, artist and agitator

Additional participants to be announced


Brava Theater Center 

2781 24th Street San Francisco, CA 94110

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