In Plain Sight: Public Space and Political Subversion in Art and Visual Culture
SECAC Richmond, October 21-24, 2020
Chair: Jenny Carson, Maryland Institute College of Art ([email protected])
At a time in which people from around the world are connected on an unprecedented scale due to social media platforms and the Internet, what role do actual public spaces, like parks and town squares, play in political and social discourse? This session seeks papers that address visual culture and/or art that utilizes the public sphere as a means to subvert the political status quo. Topics may include, but are not limited to, artists intervening in public spaces, either to call attention to social ills or to challenge the status quo; historical images of traditionally marginalized individuals occupying “forbidden” public spaces; or visual culture that documents lesser-known public acts of political subversion.
Proposals due by April 1, 2020. SECAC membership required to submit via https://secac.secure-platform.com