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Affective Images
Post-apartheid Documentary Perspectives
Affective Images
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Marietta Kesting - Author
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Hardcover - 292 pages
Release Date: December 2017
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-6785-6

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Paperback - 292 pages
Release Date: July 2018
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-6784-9

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Explores intervisual case studies in relation to migration, xenophobia, and gender.

Affective Images examines both canonical and lesser-known photographs and films that address the struggle against apartheid and the new struggles that came into being in post-apartheid times. Marietta Kesting argues for a way of embodied seeing and complements this with feminist and queer film studies, history of photography, media theory, and cultural studies. Featuring in-depth discussions of photographs, films, and other visual documents, Kesting then situates them in broader historical contexts, such as cultural history and the history of black subjectivity and revolves the images around the intersection of race and gender. In its interdisciplinary approach, this book explores the recurrence of affective images of the past in a different way, including flashbacks, trauma, “white noise,” and the return of the repressed. It draws its materials from photographers, filmmakers, and artists such as Ernest Cole, Simphiwe Nkwali, Terry Kurgan, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Adze Ugah, and the Center for Historical Reenactments.

“Throughout the book, the rich and detailed descriptions of photographs and films are a strong asset, speaking of Kesting’s sensitivity towards images … Kesting takes an innovative approach to analyse the country’s visual culture and to rearrange its established orders … Kesting therefore offers readers a new understanding of South Africa’s visual culture and opens up the field to also examine the more recent use of images (for instance on social media) while relating them to historic examples of the twentieth century.” — Sehepunkte

“In its focus on lens-based media, the book not only tackles some of the questions around the visuality of migration and xenophobia, but also does so using the media (photography and film) that are probably the most complicit in the visual witnessing and translation within this field.” — Rory Bester, coeditor of Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life

Marietta Kesting is Junior Professor for Media Theory at the CX Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Germany.


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. Mapping Context and Place

2. Affective Images
2.1. Photographs of Black Suffering and Violence
2.2. Affective Images in the “New” South Africa

3. Burning Questions
3.1. The “Burning Man”
3.2. The Afterlife of Nhamuave’s Photograph
photo gallery follows page 118

4. Photographic Speech Acts
4.1. Migrant Life and the Image
4.2. Documentary Participatory Photography and Politics

5. In/Visibilities and Reenactments
5.1. De-identification and Multiplication?
5.2. From Documentary to Fiction—and Back: District 9

6. Conclusion: Affective Images of Belonging

Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Filmography
Index


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